[in-ves-ti-cher, -choo r]


the act or process of investing.
the formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right, usually involving the giving of insignia or an official title.
the state of being invested, as with a garment, quality, or office.
something that covers or adorns.
Archaic. something that invests.

Origin of investiture

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin investītūra, equivalent to investīt(us) (past participle of investīre to install; see invest) + -ūra -ure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for investiture

Contemporary Examples of investiture

Historical Examples of investiture

  • A week passed, and then the time came for Martin to go to Windsor for his investiture.

  • We have in Gaius the formula of investiture by which the universal successor was created.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

  • No such solemnity of affirmation attended Aaron's investiture.

  • During the Investiture, you must grip them as hard as you can.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Sasine, a mode of investiture in lands, according to ancient Scottish law.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for investiture



the act of presenting with a title or with the robes and insignia of an office or rank
(in feudal society) the formal bestowal of the possessory right to a fief or other benefice
a less common word for investment (def. 7)
Derived Formsinvestitive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for investiture

late 14c., from Medieval Latin investitura, from past participle stem of Latin investire "to clothe" (see invest).

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