Definition of vestimentary in US English:



  • Relating to clothing or dress.

    ‘lack of vestimentary rigor’
    • ‘Here gestural, postural and vestimentary codes are much more important than overt displays of sexual arousal in the figures.’
    • ‘In striking contrast to the rustic setting, the ladies in waiting rival each other in vestimentary luxury.’
    • ‘The canne is an instrument of support, defense or parade, without even mentioning the vestimentary object of ornament when it is manufactured.’
    • ‘The vestimentary code is important but not especially interesting to read about.’
    • ‘This book presents an overview of Indian costumes from the Vedic times to the 20th century, with special focus on the prevalent vestimentary cultures of the various regions of India.’
    • ‘She is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis concerning vestimentary body techniques during the Cultural Revolution decade.’
    • ‘A tawdry tale, it keeps its steady focus on Tammy, a monument to bad taste in makeup and vestimentary horrors.’
    • ‘If there would be no strict vestimentary code between men and women, everybody without respect to the gender, would find his place under the sun, in public life and also in ballet classes and even on stage.’
    • ‘Streets with overcrowded and glittering store windows… the displays of delicacies, and all the scenes of alimentary and vestimentary festivity, stimulate a magical salivation.’
    • ‘But while we may acknowledge the current gendered-ness of vestimentary meanings in India, we should not forget that not so long ago even many Indian men struggled with the decision of whether to wear Western or stay traditional.’
    • ‘Other questions of both general and critical interest, such as vestimentary display in its guise as exhibitory colonialist language are also raised.’
    • ‘The background motif and vestimentary tunics are largely borrowed from Ottoman art.’
    • ‘He is up to date of all the vestimentary fashions (French, Japanese, Italian even English).’
    • ‘This feminine fashion with the antique agrees with a great freedom of manners, this vestimentary behaviour lets see the shapes of the body as much as possible, does not obstruct the movements and facilitates the joys of the dance.’


Early 19th century: from Latin vestimentum ‘clothing’ + -ary.