Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Clothing; apparel.
  • n. Something that covers or cloaks: hills in a vesture of mist.
  • transitive v. To cover with vesture; clothe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A covering of or like clothing.
  • v. To clothe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A garment or garments; a robe; clothing; dress; apparel; vestment; covering; envelope.
  • n.
  • n. The corn, grass, underwood, stubble, etc., with which land was covered.
  • n. Seizin; possession.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put vesture or clothing on; clothe; robe; vest.
  • n. Garments in general; especially, the dress or costume worn at one time by any person.
  • n. That which invests or covers; covering generally; envelop; integument.
  • n. In old law: All, except trees, that grows on or forms the covering of land: as, the vesture of an acre.
  • n. Investiture; seizin; possession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something that covers or cloaks like a garment
  • n. a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  • v. provide or cover with a cloak

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vestītūra, from Latin vestītus, past participle of vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French vesteure, from Vulgar Latin *vestitura ("clothing"), from Latin vestitus, past participle of vestio ("to clothe"), from vestis ("garment"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The vesture is a lighter color than the traditional dark purple.

    Lent 4: Homily on Christian Nurture

  • By baptism we be regenerate, and when we shall have passed the time of this exile, he shall clothe us of double vesture, that is to wit of body and soul in glory.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 1

  • The spiritual exhilaration by it was mistaken for that caused by new wine (Ac 2: 13-17; Eph 5: 18). belly -- that is, the vesture on it.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • It is because He wears a vesture dipped in blood, that 'on the vesture is the name written "King of kings, and Lord of lords."'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture: the Acts

  • Through all the variations in style and genre which this exhibition amply documents, he remains absorbed by the idea that a setting can become a kind of vesture, the vesture project an image, and the image tally uneasily with the human being to whom it is attached.

    October 2007

  • The Carouan being come to Medina two houres before day, and resting there till the euening, the captaine then with his company and other pilgrims setteth forward, with the greatest pompe possible: and taking with him the vesture which is made in maner of

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • So here the blood on His "vesture," reminding us of His own blood shed for even the ungodly who trample on it, is a premonition of the shedding of their blood in righteous retribution.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Fichte, in conformity with the Transcendental Philosophy, of which he was a distinguished teacher, declares first: That all things which we see or work with in this Earth, especially we ourselves and all persons, are as a kind of vesture or sensuous Appearance: that under all there lies, as the essence of them, what he calls the 'Divine Idea of the World;' this is the Reality which 'lies at the bottom of all

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

  • Larger versions of these photos can be found here, as well a piece including some intriguing photos of Spanish canons in colorful vesture, which can be viewed here.

    The Arrastre de Caudas

  • Bishop Hanke also wore the traditional and rarely-seen rationale, an item of vesture discussed here before which, in this form, is a unique privilege of the bishop of Eichstätt.

    The Spiritual Family "The Work," the Bishop of Eichstätt, and the Rationale

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  • Mine eyes are filled today with old amaze
    At mountains, and at meadows deftly strewn
    With bits of the gay jewelry of June
    And of her splendid vesture; and, agaze,
    I stand where Spring her bright brocade of days
    Embroidered o'er, and listen to the flow
    Of sudden runlets -- the faint blasts they blow,
    Low, on their stony bugles, in still ways.

    - Mahlon Leonard Fisher, 'Old Amaze'.

    October 4, 2008

  • "... not for vengeance to cut off from the living but shrouded in the piteous vesture of the past, silent, remote, reproachful."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007