dalmatic

dalmatic

[dal-mat-ik]
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical. a vestment worn over the alb by the deacon, as at the celebration of the Mass, and worn by bishops on some occasions, as at a coronation.
2.
a similar vestment worn by a sovereign of England at his or her coronation.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French dalmatike < Late Latin Dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (garment). See Dalmatia, -ic

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dalmatic (dælˈmætɪk)
 
n
1.  a wide-sleeved tunic-like vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops
2.  a similar robe worn by a king at his coronation
 
[C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)]

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dalmatic

liturgical vestment worn over other vestments by Roman Catholic and some Anglican deacons. It probably originated in Dalmatia in Greece and was a commonly worn outer garment in the Roman world in the 3rd century and later. Gradually, it became the distinctive garment of deacons.

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