Definition of vestry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvestrē/

noun (plural vestries)

1A room or building attached to a church, used as an office and for changing into vestments.
Example sentences
  • Outside is a small boiler house and the vestry with a single room of about 90 sq ft.
  • The school opened with just nine pupils, using a church hall as a classroom and the vestry as an office.
  • It will also include two meeting rooms, a kitchen, an office, a vestry and toilets.
1.1A meeting of parishioners, originally in a vestry, for the conduct of parochial business.
1.2A body of parishioners meeting in a vestry.
Example sentences
  • I have been on my local library board and served on our church vestry.
  • The legitimacy of that refusal was contested by the parish vestry.
  • Trustees, members of vestries, and elders need to raise this question and hold church staff (both paid and volunteer) responsible for this kind of accountability.


Late Middle English: probably from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French vestiarie, from Latin vestiarium.

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Syllabification: ves·try

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