noun, plural ves·tries.
Origin of vestry
Examples from the Web for vestry
It was in the vestry where the choir was putting on its garments.
The members of the vestry could not be supposed to escape the contagious excitement inseparable from the occasion.Sketches by Boz|Charles Dickens
It was quickly decided, therefore, that the Judge should be the vestry's vehicle of "guidance."Thirty|Howard Vincent O'Brien
She emerged, and walked dripping into the vestry, where it was always said that hot brandy and water was ready.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane|Mark Rutherford
At the south-west corner, the large square canons' vestry has been built out at a later period.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln|A. F. Kendrick
The Vestry meeting at the Guildhall had been crowded to suffocation.Yarmouth Notes|Frederick Danby Palmer
noun plural -tries
- a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
- the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
Word Origin for vestry
late 14c., probably from Anglo-French *vesterie, from Old French vestiaire "room for vestments," from Latin vestarium "wardrobe," noun use of neuter of vestiarius (adj.) "of clothes," from vestis "garment" (see vest (v.)).