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cassock

[kas-uh k] /ˈkæs ək/
noun
1.
a long, close-fitting garment worn by members of the clergy or others participating in church services.
2.
a lightweight, double-breasted ecclesiastical coat or jacket, worn under the Geneva gown.
3.
a member of the clergy.
Origin of cassock
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French casaque, perhaps < a Turkic word akin to the source of cossack
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British Dictionary definitions for cassock

cassock

/ˈkæsək/
noun
1.
(Christianity) an ankle-length garment, usually black, worn by priests and choristers
Derived Forms
cassocked, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French casaque, from Italian casacca a long coat, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for cassock
n.

1540s, "long loose gown," from Middle French casaque "long coat" (16c.), probably ultimately from Turkish quzzak "nomad, adventurer," (the source of Cossack), from their typical riding coat. Or perhaps from Arabic kazagand, from Persian kazhagand "padded coat," from kazh "raw silk" + agand "stuffed." Chiefly a soldier's cloak 16c.-17c.; ecclesiastical use is from 1660s.

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