from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A room in or attached to a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these robes and other sacred objects are stored; a sacristy.
- n. A room in a church used for meetings and classes.
- n. A committee of members elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish.
- n. A business meeting of parishioners in a parish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these are stored; also used for meetings and classes; a sacristy
- n. A committee of parishioners elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and sacred utensils are sometimes kept, and where meetings for worship or parish business are held; a sacristy; -- formerly called revestiary.
- n. A parochial assembly; an assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; -- so called because usually held in a vestry.
- n. A body, composed of wardens and vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its temporal concerns.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room, or sometimes a separate building, attached to a church, where the vestments of the clergy, and sometimes the sacred vessels and other treasures of the church, are kept.
- n. In non-liturgical churches, a room or building attached to a church, and used for the Sabbath-school, the weekly prayer-meetings, religious services, etc.; a chapel.
- n. In English ecclesiastical law, and in American colonial law: A meeting of the inhabitants or ratepayers of a parish for the despatch of the official business of the parish.
- n. A meeting or a board consisting of representatives of the ratepayers at large, all of whom are entitled to vote in their election.
- n. In the Prot. Epis. Ch. in the United States of America, a committee (chosen annually by the members of the congregation) who, in conjunction with the churchwardens, manage its temporal affairs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church
- n. a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
Middle English vestrie, probably from Anglo-Norman *vesterie, alteration of Old French vestiarie; see vestiary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)