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  1. Law.
    1. everything growing on and covering the land, with the exception of trees.
    2. any such covering, as grass or wheat.
  2. Archaic.
    1. clothing; garments.
    2. something that covers like a garment; covering.
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verb (used with object), ves·tured, ves·tur·ing.
  1. Archaic. to clothe or cover.
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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
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  1. archaic a garment or something that seems like a garmenta vesture of cloud
  2. law
    1. everything except trees that grows on the land
    2. a product of the land, such as grass, wheat, etc
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  1. (tr) archaic to clothe
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Derived Formsvestural, adjective

Word Origin

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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