[ ves-tree ]
/ ˈvɛs tri /

noun, plural ves·tries.

a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy.
(in some churches) a room in or a building attached to a church, used as a chapel, for prayer meetings, for the Sunday school, etc.
Episcopal Church. a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.
Church of England. a meeting attended by all the parishioners or by a committee of parishioners during which the official business of the church is discussed.

Nearby words

  1. vesting,
  2. vestmannaeyjar,
  3. vestment,
  4. vestmental,
  5. vestments,
  6. vestryman,
  7. vesture,
  8. vesuvian,
  9. vesuvianite,
  10. vesuvianite jade

Origin of vestry

1350–1400; Middle English vestrie, vestrye. See vest (v.), -ery

Related formsves·tral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vestry


/ (ˈvɛstrɪ) /

noun plural -tries

a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc, are kept
a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc
Church of England
  1. a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
  2. the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
Episcopal Church Anglican Church a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church
Derived Formsvestral, adjective

Word Origin for vestry

C14: probably from Old French vestiarie; see vest

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Word Origin and History 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.)).

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