- dress; apparel.
- an outer garment, robe, or gown.
- an ecclesiastical vestment.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM vestvestless, adjectivevestlike, adjective
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What is a basic definition of vest?
A vest is an article of clothing worn on the upper body, with no sleeves and with buttons down the front. The word vest is also used generally to refer to any similar garment. As a verb, vest means to put something in the possession of another person. Vest has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
In the United States, the word vest refers to a sleeveless garment usually worn over a shirt and sometimes under a jacket. A vest is generally not supposed to be worn by itself.
- Real-life examples: The Disney cartoon character Goofy usually wears a black or brown vest over an orange shirt. If you wear a tuxedo, you will often wear a vest with it.
- Used in a sentence: A man’s three-piece suit includes a suit coat, vest, and trousers.
The word vest is also used to refer to other garments that lack sleeves and end at the waist.
- Real-life examples: Police officers wear bulletproof vests for protection. Airplanes, boats, and public pools keep life vests available to keep people from drowning. Hunters wear hunting vests with many pockets to store supplies.
- Used in a sentence: The professor could always be seen smoking a pipe and wearing a sweater vest.
As a verb, vest means to give power, rights, or responsibility to another person. This sense of vest is usually written as “vest in.”
- Real-life example: Most Americans are likely familiar with this sense of vest if they have attended a wedding: A religious figure will alert the attendees that a state has vested in them the power and authority to join people in a legally recognized marriage.
- Used in a sentence: Executive power is vested in the President through the Constitution.
Where does vest come from?
The first records of the noun vest come from around 1375. It ultimately comes from the Latin vestis, meaning “garment.” The verb vest comes from the Latin vestīre, meaning “to clothe.”
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What are some other forms related to vest?
- vested (adjective, past tense verb)
- vestless (adjective)
- vestlike (adjective)
What are some synonyms for vest?
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How is vest used in real life?
Vest is most often used to mean an article of clothing.
First thing I do when this is all over is buy myself a fancy cocktail made by a man in a vest
— Lady WhistleDiep (aka Diep Tran) (@diepthought) April 20, 2020
Watching Back to the Future, and seriously considering wearing my Marty McFly orange vest from Halloween to work. So ugly, yet so awesome.
— TJ Fixman (@TJFixman) January 20, 2012
Based on the power vested in me under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution (as Amended), I, today, signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) May 22, 2020
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A vest is an article of clothing that stops at the waist, has long sleeves, and is usually buttoned down the front.
Example sentences from the Web for vest
Kelsey Lindsey, associate editorIn 2016, I was shamed by a buddy for wearing a running vest during a race with aid stations.
Yes, $199 is a lot for a vest, but the Approach is worth it because it’s the only one you’ll need this winter.
If you’re an employee at a chain, it doesn’t matter what logo is on your vest—your job is not assured.
We rounded up some of the best weighted vests on the market.
Simply slip on the vest as you go about your usual activities—whether that’s a casual walk in the park or an intense cardio session—and you’ll torch more calories, while building up endurance.
He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Other officials told reporters that searchers also spotted a life vest and baggage in the water.
One is reported to have blown himself up, along with many victims, but detonating a suicide vest.Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America|Sami Yousafzai|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the most recent image posted by her mother, Kristina is wearing a black vest over her skinny shoulders.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?|Anna Nemtsova|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The news reports quoted him as saying he wore the vest to celebrate Sunday Mass in Apatzingán.
In a short time the pockets were all as full as they could hold—coat, vest, and trousers.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
Ward sat back in his swivel chair, hooked his thumbs into the arm holes of his vest and beamed.
He took one up, eased a stray safety match from his vest pocket, flicked it with his fingernail, and lit up.
Ghurri-Wurri wore tattered white baggy trousers, vest and cloak, a turban and black goggles.
It is of carmine silk damask with gold thread, and the inner vest is of white lawn.