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[ves-cher] /ˈvɛs tʃər/
  1. everything growing on and covering the land, with the exception of trees.
  2. any such covering, as grass or wheat.
  1. clothing; garments.
  2. something that covers like a garment; covering.
verb (used with object), vestured, vesturing.
Archaic. to clothe or cover.
Origin of vesture
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French vesteure < Vulgar Latin *vestītūra, equivalent to Latin vestīt(us), past participle of vestīre (see vest) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
vestural, adjective
nonvesture, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vesture
  • The company manufactures and sells liturgical vesture for clergy and churches.
  • They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
  • They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
  • Nature here offers herself to his contemplation clothed in the splendid vesture of tropical vegetation.
  • She never once recognized anything n resembling either the color or the nature o id the mysterious vesture.
  • If you look at it, a lot of the ways that this is done hasn't changed since the time of the vesture.
  • He played long, losing himself, finding a melodious vesture for his half-formed dream.
British Dictionary definitions for vesture


(archaic) a garment or something that seems like a garment: a vesture of cloud
  1. everything except trees that grows on the land
  2. a product of the land, such as grass, wheat, etc
(transitive) (archaic) to clothe
Derived Forms
vestural, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from vestir, from Latin vestīre, from vestis clothing
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Word Origin and History for vesture

c.1300, from Anglo-French and Old French vesture, from Vulgar Latin *vestitura "vestments, clothing," from Latin vestivus, past participle of vestire "to clothe" (see wear).

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