investiture

investiture

[in-ves-ti-cher, -choor]
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; Middle English < Medieval Latin investītūra, equivalent to investīt(us) (past participle of investīre to install; see invest) + -ūra -ure

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investiture (ɪnˈvɛstɪtʃə)
 
n
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
 
in'vestitive
 
adj

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