Definition of vestment in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛs(t)m(ə)nt


(usually vestments)
  • 1A chasuble or other robe worn by the clergy or choristers during services: a priest in green vestments came and preached a long sermon
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    • The liturgical vestments worn by the priest also indicate this.
    • This holiday celebration began in the morning, with clergy clad in white vestments and a choir singing Gregorian chant.
    • Peg was gifted with her hands and made numerous vestments for the clergy through her association with the Apostolic Workers.
  • 1.1 archaic A garment, especially a ceremonial or official robe.
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    • One of the other threads (comparing orthodox medicine/psychiatric techniques to magickal ones) got me thinking about the role of clothing: uniforms, robes, ceremonial vestments, whatever.
    • So the whole ritual is a sublimated performance in glittering vestments and ceremonial gestures which transform everydayness into a quasi-encounter with the otherworldly.
    • Study, then, is a habit as desirable as her religious vestments, the garb of potential spiritual insight.


Middle English: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestimentum, from vestire 'clothe' (see vest).

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