[ vest-muh nt ]
/ ˈvɛst mənt /


a garment, especially an outer garment.
vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing.
an official or ceremonial robe.
  1. one of the garments worn by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and on other occasions.
  2. one of the garments worn by the celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon during the celebration of the Eucharist.
something that clothes or covers like a garment: a mountaintop with a vestment of clouds.

Origin of vestment

1250–1300; syncopated variant of Middle English vestiment < Medieval Latin vestīmentum priestly robe, Latin: garment, equivalent to vestī(re) to dress (see vest) + -mentum -ment


vest·men·tal [vest-men-tl] /vɛstˈmɛn tl/, adjectivevest·ment·ed, adjectivesub·vest·ment, nounsu·per·vest·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vestment

/ (ˈvɛstmənt) /


a garment or robe, esp one denoting office, authority, or rank
any of various ceremonial garments worn by the clergy at religious services

Derived forms of vestment

vestmental (vɛstˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for vestment

C13: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestīmentum clothing, from vestīre to clothe
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