a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence: A few columns were the last vestiges of a Greek temple.
a surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc.: These superstitions are vestiges of an ancient religion.
a very slight trace or amount of something: Not a vestige remains of the former elegance of the house.
Biology. a degenerate or imperfectly developed organ or structure that has little or no utility, but that in an earlier stage of the individual or in preceding evolutionary forms of the organism performed a useful function.
Archaic. a footprint; track.
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How to use vestige in a sentence
Eventually, these phenomena blow the last vestiges of the cloud away and leave behind a hive of young stars.Watch this beautiful, high-resolution simulation of how stars are born | Maria Temming | May 20, 2021 | Science News
One of the last remaining vestiges of accountability is a list that states must publish each year of their worst-performing schools.The Learning Curve: Testing Requirements Dialed Down for California Schools This Year | Will Huntsberry | April 8, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Davis is one of the last vestiges of the team’s hopeful past, a reminder of what was — and a reminder of how even the cores that franchises wait years for don’t always yield dynasties.As King Félix tries to make the Orioles, the Orioles just try to make progress | Chelsea Janes | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Smith, despite his impressive comeback and undeniable leadership qualities, is a vestige of the previous regime.Finding the right QB is the first — and most crucial — task for Washington’s new front office | Les Carpenter | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Despite the ill-suited controls, “Pikmin 3” still has many vestiges of its original charm.‘Pikmin 3 Deluxe’ loses some of its original charm | Michael Thomsen | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
You could hardly find a vestige of the splendid railroad depots, warehouses, etc.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed | Marc Wortman | September 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The largest of an archipelago of islands, Santorini is the vestige of a single volcanic landmass that erupted around 1600 BC.
A deep, raspy voice seems the only vestige of the three decades he spent pounding his body with poisons.
She explained that “filial laws” are a vestige of English rule.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents? | Keli Goff | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In all three categories, almost all anti-gay laws are a vestige of European colonialism, and date back approximately 150 years.
"You positively convulse me, you're so very humorous," said Robinson, without a vestige of a smile.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
The last vestige of her prejudice against Indians had melted and gone, in the presence of their simple-hearted friendliness.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The memory of the late scene was still horribly in his mind, but no vestige of it remained.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
No vestige was left of her stern or forecastle, both of which were before so very conspicuous.
They went, but to their surprise they found no vestige of horses having passed that way.
British Dictionary definitions for vestige
a small trace, mark, or amount; hint: a vestige of truth; no vestige of the meal
biology an organ or part of an organism that is a small nonfunctioning remnant of a functional organ in an ancestor
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