vestment

[vest-muh nt]
See more synonyms for vestment on Thesaurus.com
noun
  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.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for vestment

Historical Examples of vestment


British Dictionary definitions for vestment

vestment

noun
  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
Derived Formsvestmental (vɛstˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for vestment

C13: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestīmentum clothing, from vestīre to clothe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vestment
n.

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