American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A garment, especially a robe or gown worn as an indication of office or state.
- n. Ecclesiastical Any of the ritual robes worn by members of the clergy, acolytes, or other assistants at services or rites, especially a garment worn at the celebration of the Eucharist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covering or garment; some part of clothing or dress; an article of clothing; especially, some part of outer clothing; specifically, a ceremonial or official robe or garment.
- n. Eccles.: One of the garments worn, in addition to the cassock and ordinary dress, by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and the administration of the sacraments; especially, one of the garments so worn by the celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon during the celebration of the eucharist; specifically, the chasuble, or the chasuble with the other eucharistic garments and ornaments, especially the amice, stole, and maniple. One of the cloths or coverings of the altar. From monumental and other evidence it appears that the type of the principal ecclesiastical vestments has always been nearly the same; that this agreed on the whole with the general style of dress among Greeks, Romans, and Orientals; and that in certain respects it agreed with official rather than common civil dress and with Syrian rather than Greek or Roman costume.
- n. A robe or gown worn as an indication of office.
- n. Any of the robes worn by members of the clergy etc., especially a garment worn at the celebration of the Eucharist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) A covering or garment; some part of clothing or dress. any priestly garment.
- n. gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
- From Latin vestimentum (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vestement, from Old French vestment, from Latin vestīmentum, from vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After this, in the Italian remains, the vestment is shorter and the sleeves narrower although the traces of the change are at first only here and there noticeable.”
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“ The term "vestment" was often used to include not merely the chasuble, but also the other vestments of the celebrant and his assistant ministers; sometimes it also included the vestments of the altar, the frontal and upper frontal; it nearly always included the apparels, sometimes also the albe and amice, but at other times these were reckoned separately among the linen.”
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“He cannot allow you, or any other man, to tear again and spoil that vestment which is the work of His hands. ”
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“Accordingly, the separate stola latior developed in order to compensate for this, thereby continuing the tradition of this sash-like vestment at particular times of the liturgy.”
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