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vestment

[vest-muh nt] /ˈvɛst mənt/
noun
1.
a garment, especially an outer garment.
2.
vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing.
3.
an official or ceremonial robe.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. one of the garments worn by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and on other occasions.
  2. one of the garments worn by the celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon during the celebration of the Eucharist.
5.
something that clothes or covers like a garment:
a mountaintop with a vestment of clouds.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; syncopated variant of Middle English vestiment < Medieval Latin vestīmentum priestly robe, Latin: garment, equivalent to vestī(re) to dress (see vest) + -mentum -ment
Related forms
vestmental
[vest-men-tl] /vɛstˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
vestmented, adjective
subvestment, noun
supervestment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subvestment

vestment

/ˈvɛstmənt/
noun
1.
a garment or robe, esp one denoting office, authority, or rank
2.
any of various ceremonial garments worn by the clergy at religious services
Derived Forms
vestmental (vɛstˈmɛntəl) adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestīmentum clothing, from vestīre to clothe
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Word Origin and History for subvestment

vestment

n.

c.1300, from Old French vestment (French vêtement), from Latin vestimentum "clothing, clothes," from vestire "to clothe" (see wear).

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