|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|—n , pl -tries|
|1.||a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc, are kept|
|2.||a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc|
|3.||Church of England|
|a. a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish|
|b. the body of members meeting for this; the parish council|
|4.||Episcopalian Church, Anglican Church a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church|
|[C14: probably from Old French vestiarie; see |
in architecture, room in a Christian church in which vestments and sacred objects used in the services are stored and in which the clergy and sometimes the altar boys and the choir members put on their robes. In the early Christian church, two rooms beside the apse, the diaconicon and the prothesis, were used for these purposes.
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