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[vest-muh nt]
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  1. a garment, especially an outer garment.
  2. vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing.
  3. an official or ceremonial robe.
  4. Ecclesiastical.
    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.
  5. something that clothes or covers like a garment: a mountaintop with a vestment of clouds.
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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
Related formsvest·men·tal [vest-men-tl] /vɛstˈmɛn tl/, adjectivevest·ment·ed, adjectivesub·vest·ment, nounsu·per·vest·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for vestment

Historical Examples

  • 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.


    Leo Tolstoy

  • 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.

  • "It's all as one, and just as sure as if the priest had on the vestment," was the reply.

British Dictionary definitions for vestment


  1. a garment or robe, esp one denoting office, authority, or rank
  2. any of various ceremonial garments worn by the clergy at religious services
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Derived Formsvestmental (vɛstˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin

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

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