- 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.
- a similar vestment worn by a sovereign of England at his or her coronation.
Origin of dalmatic
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One morning, when Hubert was arranging a dalmatic, a ring at the door-bell obliged him to go downstairs.The Dream
The Saint is robed in the alb, dalmatic with two stripes, chasuble and pall as being Archbishop of Alexandria.Illuminated Manuscripts in Classical and Mediaeval Times
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Virgil has celebrated him as a poet, and a commander of armies, in the Illyrican and Dalmatic wars.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence
There has been much controversy as to the date of the dalmatic of Charlemagne in the Vatican treasury.
The dalmatic has been much restored, but, I believe, most carefully kept to the old lines.
- a wide-sleeved tunic-like vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops
- a similar robe worn by a king at his coronation
C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)
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