- a garment, especially an outer garment.
- vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing.
- an official or ceremonial robe.
- 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.
- something that clothes or covers like a garment: a mountaintop with a vestment of clouds.
Origin of vestment
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Examples from the Web for 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.
- a garment or robe, esp one denoting office, authority, or rank
- any of various ceremonial garments worn by the clergy at religious services
C13: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestīmentum clothing, from vestīre to clothe
Word Origin and History for vestment
c.1300, from Old French vestment (French vêtement), from Latin vestimentum "clothing, clothes," from vestire "to clothe" (see wear).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper