Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Clothing; apparel.
  • noun Something that covers or cloaks.
  • transitive verb To cover with vesture; clothe.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A covering of or like clothing.
  • verb archaic To clothe.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vestītūra, from Latin vestītus, past participle of vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French vesteure, from Vulgar Latin *vestitura ("clothing"), from Latin vestitus, past participle of vestio ("to clothe"), from vestis ("garment").

Examples

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

    Lent 4: Homily on Christian Nurture

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

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • 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.

    Culture

  • 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.

    Millais in London

  • 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

  • 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.

    Millais in London

  • 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

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  • "... 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

  • 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