[ dal-mat-ik ]

  1. Ecclesiastical. a vestment worn over the alb by the deacon, such as at the celebration of the Mass, and worn by bishops on some occasions, such as at a coronation.

  2. a vestment similar to a deacon's, worn by a sovereign of England at their coronation.

Origin of dalmatic

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French dalmatike, from Late Latin Dalmatica (vestus) (“Dalmatian garment)”; see Dalmatia, -ic

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How to use dalmatic in a sentence

  • A long dalmatic of light material, thrown over his rich armor, kept the latter from being heated in the burning rays of the sun.

  • This dalmatic must be ranked first and highest among ecclesiastical embroideries.

    Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
  • The tunicle, worn underneath the dalmatic, was similar to it in shape, but made of linen.

  • The dalmatic was a garment shorter than the alb, slit up for a distance on either side.

  • Over the dalmatic comes the imperial mantle which seems to have been originally a chasuble, but is now slit up in front.

    The Heritage of Dress | Wilfred Mark Webb

British Dictionary definitions for dalmatic


/ (dælˈmætɪk) /

  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

Origin of dalmatic

C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)

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