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  1. Ecclesiastical. a vestment worn over the alb by the deacon, as at the celebration of the Mass, and worn by bishops on some occasions, as at a coronation.
  2. a similar vestment worn by a sovereign of England at his or her coronation.
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Origin of dalmatic

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French dalmatike < Late Latin Dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (garment). See Dalmatia, -ic
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Historical Examples of dalmatic

  • One morning, when Hubert was arranging a dalmatic, a ring at the door-bell obliged him to go downstairs.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The Saint is robed in the alb, dalmatic with two stripes, chasuble and pall as being Archbishop of Alexandria.

  • Virgil has celebrated him as a poet, and a commander of armies, in the Illyrican and Dalmatic wars.

  • There has been much controversy as to the date of the dalmatic of Charlemagne in the Vatican treasury.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

  • The dalmatic has been much restored, but, I believe, most carefully kept to the old lines.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

British Dictionary definitions for dalmatic


  1. a wide-sleeved tunic-like vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops
  2. a similar robe worn by a king at his coronation
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Word Origin for dalmatic

C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)
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