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[kas-uh k] /ˈkæs ək/
a long, close-fitting garment worn by members of the clergy or others participating in church services.
a lightweight, double-breasted ecclesiastical coat or jacket, worn under the Geneva gown.
a member of the clergy.
Origin of cassock
1540-50; < Middle French casaque, perhaps < a Turkic word akin to the source of cossack Unabridged
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  • She was a nettle in which the rustle of the cassock was visible.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • He was not yet quite certain that Adams had any more of the clergyman in him than his cassock.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • On the green I saw a white man coming with a cassock on, by which and by the face of him I knew he was a priest.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson
  • He wore his cassock with the ease of long habit: he was young.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Then, when the great door had closed behind him, he gathered up the skirts of his cassock and hurried down the narrow street.

    In Kedar's Tents Henry Seton Merriman
  • When this was done, he signalled to Brother Andrew to take off the cassock.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The Father brushed some crumbs from the front of his cassock and sat up higher in his chair.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Taking the letters from the pocket of his cassock, the Pope laid them on the table.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The Brother remained standing there in silence, with his fat hands clasped in front of his cassock.

  • Roma had knelt again, and was fingering the skirt of the Pope's cassock.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for cassock


(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

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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