Definition of chasuble in English:



  • An ornate sleeveless outer vestment worn by a Catholic or High Anglican priest when celebrating Mass.

    • ‘A jug from the seventeenth century, some medieval chasuble, even the embossing on a volume of Yeats's early poems all have this quality to varying degrees.’
    • ‘Using Foucault's analysis, how would one decide that Neo-Gothic chasubles are homosexual while Latin chasubles are not?’
    • ‘Its trade is chasubles and mitres, stoles and lace surplices, Roman collars and cardinal red socks, packed thick into its dark wood cupboards.’
    • ‘In my complacent liberal piety, ‘orthodoxy’ seemed to me for a long time to be a harmless artifact, rather like a chasuble, a decorative accessory which reminded us of the past in aesthetically pleasing, but largely irrelevant ways.’
    • ‘He was fully vested, with a blue brocade chasuble over his white alb.’
    • ‘He removed his outer robe - a yellow and orange chasuble - and wore his plain white alb to carry out the symbolic ablutions re-enacting Jesus's washing of the disciples' feet at the Last Supper.’
    • ‘The brilliance of the miniature of the stoning of St Stephen, on that saint's chasuble, makes one wonder how much El Greco learned from Clovio and what success he would have had with small details, if he had not generally painted in haste.’
    • ‘Putting on coat and tie for me is very much like the priest putting on chasuble and stole.’
    • ‘The float was preceded by hundreds of priests fully vested as for mass in albs and chasubles.’
    • ‘And if he can achieve this by putting on the chasuble of a martyred priest, and leading the Indians on their peaceful march to freedom, so be it.’
    • ‘You don't normally get a vestment maker on every street corner, but here ministers can measure up for a new chasuble, then go down another aisle and find everything from stained glass to computer software.’
    vestment, surplice, cassock, rochet, alb, dalmatic, chasuble
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Middle English: from Old French chesible, later chasuble, from late Latin casubla, alteration of Latin casula hooded cloak or little cottage, diminutive of casa house.