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[chaz-yuh-buh l, -uh-buh l, chas-]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. a sleeveless outer vestment worn by the celebrant at Mass.
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Origin of chasuble

1250–1300; < French < Late Latin casubla, unexplained variant of casula hooded cloak, Latin: little house (see casa, -ule); replacing Middle English chesible < Anglo-French < Late Latin
Related formschas·u·bled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chasuble

Historical Examples

  • The chasuble is sometimes ornamented with very rich needlework.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • And Clement writes that he has bought such a love of a chasuble.

    A Temporary Dead-Lock

    Thomas A. Janvier

  • Foureau: "Let us rather occupy ourselves with our chasuble!"

    Bouvard and Pcuchet

    Gustave Flaubert

  • One form, called the casula, is of interest to us because it is the forerunner of the chasuble.

    The Heritage of Dress

    Wilfred Mark Webb

  • It never had a doctrinal significance like the chasuble or casula.

British Dictionary definitions for chasuble


  1. Christianity a long sleeveless outer vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass
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Word Origin

C13: from French, from Late Latin casubla garment with a hood, apparently from casula cloak, literally: little house, from Latin casa cottage
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Word Origin and History for chasuble


ecclesiastical vestment, c.1300, cheisible, from Old French chesible (12c., Modern French chasuble), from Medieval Latin casubla, from Late Latin *casubula, unexplained alteration of Latin casula "a little hut," diminutive of casa "cottage, house" (see casino), used by c.400 in transferred sense of "outer garment." From the notion that hooded garments resembled or suggested little houses. The English form conformed to French from c.1600.

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