- one of the garments worn by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and on other occasions.
- one of the garments worn by the celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Origin of vestment
Related Words for vestmentfrock, robe, garb, tunic, stole, cincture, habiliment, covering, garment, uniform, dress, clothing, hood, gear, alb, cassock, vesture, amice, orale
Examples from the Web for vestment
Historical Examples of vestment
The Queen, at her coronation, is said to wear a Roman Catholic vestment, is that a sham?Loss and Gain
John Henry Newman
Just as Karl opened the door, the priest put on his vestment and began to say prayers.Childhood
The bishop was to wear a rochet, a surplice or albe, and a cope or vestment.The Heritage of Dress
Wilfred Mark Webb
This is what monks and friars do now; they put the vestment over the habit.The Lives of the Saints, Volume 1 (of 16)
"It's all as one, and just as sure as if the priest had on the vestment," was the reply.
Word Origin for vestment
c.1300, from Old French vestment (French vêtement), from Latin vestimentum "clothing, clothes," from vestire "to clothe" (see wear).