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dalmatic

[dal-mat-ik] /dælˈmæt ɪk/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French dalmatike < Late Latin Dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (garment). See Dalmatia, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for dalmatic

dalmatic

/dælˈmætɪk/
noun
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
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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