- dress; apparel.
- an outer garment, robe, or gown.
- an ecclesiastical vestment.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of vest
Related Words for vestempower, endow, bestow, confer, invest, pertain, belong, consign, settle, place, lodge, furnish
Examples from the Web for vest
Contemporary Examples of vest
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
January 7, 2015
The news reports quoted him as saying he wore the vest to celebrate Sunday Mass in Apatzingán.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
I pressed the dime-sized rubber button on my vest, which was linked to my radio.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
To date, Gowdy has played his cards close to the vest as to what the committee will actually investigate.New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders
May 14, 2014
In the photo, Sherman stands, dressed in an elaborate embroidered velvet frock coat and vest from the late eighteenth century.Bill Cunningham: Through the Lens of a Style King
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of vest
He pulled his watch from the pocket of his vest, hanging on the bedpost.In the Midst of Alarms
And, firm and dauntless, Morton laid his hand on the giant's vest.Night and Morning, Complete
She heard him take off his coat and vest and hang them on the back of a chair.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
She again touches it; it is drawn from her vest; it falls to the ground.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He dipped into his vest pocket and produced his silver stop watch.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Word Origin for vest
1610s, "loose outer garment" (worn by men in Eastern countries or in ancient times), from French veste, from Italian vesta, veste "robe, gown," from Latin vestis, from vestire "to clothe" (see vest (v.)). The sleeveless garment worn by men beneath the coat was introduced by Charles II.
The King hath yesterday, in Council, declared his resolution of setting a fashion for clothes .... It will be a vest, I know not well how; but it is to teach the nobility thrift. [Pepys, "Diary," Oct. 8, 1666]