Definitions

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

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  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covering or garment; some part of clothing or dress.

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

  • n. gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy

Etymologies

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

Middle English vestement, from Old French vestment, from Latin vestīmentum, from vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest.

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From Latin vestimentum

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