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[vest-muh nt] /ˈvɛst mənt/
a garment, especially an outer garment.
vestments, Chiefly Literary. attire; clothing.
an official or ceremonial robe.
  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.
something that clothes or covers like a garment:
a mountaintop with a vestment of clouds.
Origin of vestment
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
[vest-men-tl] /vɛstˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
vestmented, adjective
subvestment, noun
supervestment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vestments
  • The priest, having replaced his vestments with blue jeans, stayed and drank beer.
  • The event marks the start of the judicial year and draws its name from the scarlet vestments the clergy wear.
  • Throttlebottom looks mighty absurd in those prelate's vestments.
  • Church vestments are also on display in the sacristy.
  • In addition to creating the traditional lace decoration for holy vestments, she made doilies, which were much in demand.
  • However, he removed his cloak and vestments when reality dictated a more common-sense, humanistic approach to service.
  • They have sufficient vestments and other poor adornments for the altar and divine services.
  • Museum contains original statues, paintings and liturgical vestments and artifacts.
  • Specific items include religious vessels, vestments and objects.
  • Robes, vestments and altar clothes are often of a fine fabric and richly embroidered in silver and gold.
British Dictionary definitions for vestments


a garment or robe, esp one denoting office, authority, or rank
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 vestments



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

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