noun, plural vestries.
a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy.
(in some churches) a room in or a building attached to a church, used as a chapel, for prayer meetings, for the Sunday school, etc.
Episcopal Church. a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.
Church of England. a meeting attended by all the parishioners or by a committee of parishioners during which the official business of the church is discussed.

1350–1400; Middle English vestrie, vestrye. See vest (v.), -ery

vestral, adjective Unabridged
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vestry (ˈvɛstrɪ)
n , pl -tries
1.  a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc, are kept
2.  a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc
3.  Church of England
 a.  a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
 b.  the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
4.  Episcopalian Church, Anglican Church a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church
[C14: probably from Old French vestiarie; see vest]

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Word Origin & History

1388, probably from Anglo-Fr. *vesterie, from O.Fr. vestiaire "room for vestments," from L. vestarium "wardrobe," noun use of neuter of vestiarius (adj.) "of clothes," from vestis "garment" (see vest (v.)).
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