Definition of dalmatic in US English:



  • A wide-sleeved, long, loose vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops, and by some monarchs at their coronation.

    • ‘Today he may omit the dalmatic for a good reason, and many bishops have dispensed with it as unnecessary.’
    • ‘Notice, too, the Cardinal Deacons in their dalmatics and simple mitres, flanking the Pope.’
    • ‘In many places the medieval dalmatic has given way to a full-length white or off-white tunic which is simple and functional.’
    • ‘Several vestments are also available as chasubles, dalmatics, copes, humeral veils and palls, as indicated.’
    • ‘During the middle ages decoration reached a height unrivalled since and dalmatics were heavily adorned.’
    vestment, surplice, cassock, rochet, alb, chasuble
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Late Middle English: from Old French dalmatique or late Latin dalmatica, from dalmatica (vestis) ‘(robe) of (white) Dalmatian wool’, from Dalmaticus ‘of Dalmatia’.