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investiture

[in-ves-ti-cher, -choo r] /ɪnˈvɛs tɪ tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
noun
1.
the act or process of investing.
2.
the formal bestowal, confirmation, or presentation of rank, office, or a possessory or prescriptive right, usually involving the giving of insignia or an official title.
3.
the state of being invested, as with a garment, quality, or office.
4.
something that covers or adorns.
5.
Archaic. something that invests.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin investītūra, equivalent to investīt(us) (past participle of investīre to install; see invest) + -ūra -ure
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British Dictionary definitions for investiture

investiture

/ɪnˈvɛstɪtʃə/
noun
1.
the act of presenting with a title or with the robes and insignia of an office or rank
2.
(in feudal society) the formal bestowal of the possessory right to a fief or other benefice
3.
a less common word for investment (sense 7)
Derived Forms
investitive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for investiture
n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin investitura, from past participle stem of Latin investire "to clothe" (see invest).

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