Definition of investiture in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of formally investing a person with honours or rank.

    ‘the investiture of bishops’
    • ‘On investiture days, when the Queen presents honours, she proceeds to the Palace ballroom for 11 am to perform the ceremony which takes more than an hour.’
    • ‘He did indeed go into exile rather than abandon his observance of the papal decree of 1099 condemning the lay investiture of clergy with churches and ecclesiastical offices.’
    • ‘After the Great Revolt of 1857-8 against the Company, the British Crown actually created its own khilat, the Star of India investiture.’
    • ‘In London we attended the State Opening of Parliament, investitures at Buckingham Palace and went with the royal party to Royal Ascot.’
    • ‘In time fresh quarrels developed about the practice of lay investiture of bishops, still practised in England, although prohibited by the papacy since the 1070s, and in 1103 Anselm again went into exile.’
    • ‘The very presence of the Laureate at the inaugural harkened back to antiquity and to sacred investitures of Irish kings, where poets, from a place of honour, dispensed the wisdom of the tribe.’
    • ‘And then you choose - there are many investitures during the year, you choose which one, which dates you'd like, and it was a wonderful ceremony.’
    • ‘As the Mughal Empire became more Byzantine and corrupt, the traditional emblem of honour and investiture, the khilat, took on ominous meanings, reflected in the legends that questioned the purity of the khilat as a medium of power.’
    • ‘The Imam is designated by a supernatural investiture coming from God by the intermediary of the Prophet or the Imam who has preceded him: he receives his authority from on high.’
    • ‘In addition to the primary aim of eliminating lay investiture, Gregory hoped to effect a reform in the personal morals of the clergy in Germany, seeing this as imperative for the renewal of morals in the whole Christian community.’
    • ‘Also honoured at yesterday's Buckingham Palace investiture was champion javelin thrower Steve Backley who collected an OBE.’
    1. 1.1count noun A ceremony at which honours or rank are formally conferred on a particular person.
      • ‘Reminds you of our own investitures, doesn't it?’
      • ‘He will formally receive the award from the NSW Governor, Professor Marie Bashir at an investiture at Government House on December 13.’
      • ‘The CBE was announced in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List and Commodore Lord is pictured after the investiture at Buckingham Palace.’
      • ‘The 78-year-old former baker's assistant was dubbed at an investiture by the Prince of Wales.’
      • ‘Russell was pleased to be given the OM, and went to Buckingham Palace for the investiture.’
      • ‘Standing would have to be minimised so it might be necessary for investitures, early this year, to be performed by another senior member of the Royal Family, probably the Prince of Wales.’
      • ‘Until a few years ago, only a small number of southerners such as Bob Geldof and Terry Wogan had been invited around to Buckingham Palace for investitures.’
      • ‘Coming up: an audience with United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan and an investiture ceremony where he will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth.’
      • ‘During the Conference in Casino, it was my honour to be warranted to conduct an investiture in the Order of Australia on behalf of the Governor-General of Australia, Peter Hollingworth, to Mrs Edith Reeves.’
      • ‘The next occasion is that of an investiture at Buckingham Palace.’
      • ‘The investiture conferred titles, responsibilities, and rewards, but it also entailed obedience.’
      • ‘This has been gradually taking place over the past few years, with the heir to the throne doing an increasing number of engagements and investitures.’
      • ‘The investiture of a university president - that is, the ceremony in which the authority and symbols of that office are first conferred - is a celebratory occasion, but it must also be an anxious one.’
      • ‘The castle earned itself a place in modern history on 1 July 1969 when it was the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.’
      • ‘These apartments were for state occasions only - for the reception of ambassadors, for elevations and investitures - and this is reflected in the static formality of the furnishing.’
      • ‘After the investiture in 1364 of Philip the Bold as duke of Burgundy, the duchy of Burgundy became a cadet branch of the French royal house of Valois.’
      • ‘That summer he was installed as Prince of Wales at an investiture at Caernarfon Castle, a ceremony that did much to counter a growing campaign of civil disobedience by supporters of the Welsh language.’
      • ‘Sir David Calvert-Smith, who collected the honour at an investiture at Buckingham Palace, said the Prince had sympathised with him over his difficult job.’
      • ‘Honorary knighthoods for foreign citizens are occasionally presented at investitures at the Palace.’
      • ‘The only son of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, Prince Albert, becomes Monaco's de facto ruler until a formal investiture expected after a mourning period.’
      inauguration, appointment, installation, instatement, induction, initiation, swearing in
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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin investitura, from investire (see invest).