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dalmatic Line breaks: dal|mat¦ic
Pronunciation: /dalˈmatɪk/

Definition of dalmatic in English:


A wide-sleeved long, loose vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops, and by monarchs at their coronation.
Example sentences
  • During the middle ages decoration reached a height unrivalled since and dalmatics were heavily adorned.
  • Today he may omit the dalmatic for a good reason, and many bishops have dispensed with it as unnecessary.
  • Notice, too, the Cardinal Deacons in their dalmatics and simple mitres, flanking the Pope.


Late Middle English: from Old French dalmatique or late Latin dalmatica, from dalmatica (vestis) '(robe) of (white) Dalmatian wool', from Dalmaticus 'of Dalmatia'.

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