[ ves-cher ]
/ ˈvɛs tʃər /


  1. everything growing on and covering the land, with the exception of trees.
  2. any such covering, as grass or wheat.
  1. clothing; garments.
  2. something that covers like a garment; covering.

verb (used with object), ves·tured, ves·tur·ing.

Archaic. to clothe or cover.

Nearby words

  1. vestment,
  2. vestmental,
  3. vestments,
  4. vestry,
  5. vestryman,
  6. vesuvian,
  7. vesuvianite,
  8. vesuvianite jade,
  9. vesuvius,
  10. vet

Origin of vesture

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French vesteure < Vulgar Latin *vestītūra, equivalent to Latin vestīt(us), past participle of vestīre (see vest) + -ūra -ure

Related formsves·tur·al, adjectivenon·ves·ture, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vesture


/ (ˈvɛstʃə) /


archaic a garment or something that seems like a garmenta vesture of cloud
  1. everything except trees that grows on the land
  2. a product of the land, such as grass, wheat, etc


(tr) archaic to clothe
Derived Formsvestural, adjective

Word Origin for vesture

C14: from Old French, from vestir, from Latin vestīre, from vestis clothing

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Word Origin and History for vesture



c.1300, from Anglo-French and Old French vesture, from Vulgar Latin *vestitura "vestments, clothing," from Latin vestivus, past participle of vestire "to clothe" (see wear).

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