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.
- 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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