Definition of vestment in English:



  • 1A chasuble or other robe worn by the clergy or choristers during services.

    • ‘They do not even seem to allude to crucifixes or church buildings or vestments or liturgical practice.’
    • ‘In addition to painting and sculpture, the collections include displays of silver, ecclesiastical ornaments and vestments, furniture, and altars.’
    • ‘They would gratefully spend time during the week preparing a homily, then go down the street Sunday morning, put on some vestments and say Mass in their own parish communities.’
    • ‘The new Prayer Book of 1552 was avowedly Protestant; altars were turned into tables, clerical vestments were downgraded and religious orthodoxy was enforced by a new and more stringent Act of Uniformity.’
    • ‘Indeed there was more incense and ornate vestments than I have seen in a Catholic service for some time.’
    • ‘The cardinal who's just been elected pope goes there to put on the vestments he'll wear when he appears to the crowd waiting below in St. Peter's Square.’
    • ‘The vestments of the high priest were bejewelled and adorned with colors that literally mapped the world.’
    • ‘What is the role of lighting in the display of the colors of vestments or robes?’
    • ‘The priestly vestments were designed to cover the body in multiple layers, each layer exaggerating the size of legs, torso and head.’
    • ‘Now the Pope had reached the elevated altar, his green vestments reflecting the Irishness of the occasion.’
    • ‘But rather than represent anonymous bodies, the artist presents us with bodies that are adorned with the symbols of power, bishop's mitres, priestly vestments, and gentlemen's robes.’
    • ‘Next week, we're due to discuss the different seasons of the church year, and are going touch upon the different colours of vestments worn at different times throughout the year.’
    • ‘This holiday celebration began in the morning, with clergy clad in white vestments and a choir singing Gregorian chant.’
    • ‘He painted designs for richly embroidered ecclesiastical vestments that required satin stitch and raised work in metallic and silk threads.’
    • ‘It is a sombre painting with the only bright colour provided by the clergymen's vestments and by the headscarves of the women.’
    • ‘The liturgical vestments worn by the priest also indicate this.’
    • ‘The angels are dressed in priests' vestments to emphasise this link with the Eucharist.’
    • ‘Trying to get into it in full vestments was always something of a challenge.’
    • ‘Peg was gifted with her hands and made numerous vestments for the clergy through her association with the Apostolic Workers.’
    • ‘A few clergy assemble, including one in vestments which mark him out as an archbishop.’
    vestment, surplice, cassock, rochet, alb, dalmatic, chasuble
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    1. 1.1archaic A garment, especially a ceremonial or official robe.
      • ‘One of the other threads (comparing orthodox medicine/psychiatric techniques to magickal ones) got me thinking about the role of clothing: uniforms, robes, ceremonial vestments, whatever.’
      • ‘Study, then, is a habit as desirable as her religious vestments, the garb of potential spiritual insight.’
      • ‘In the past few weeks, Emily Dickinson has been asked to don her Sunday bests, the vestments of public decorum.’
      • ‘So the whole ritual is a sublimated performance in glittering vestments and ceremonial gestures which transform everydayness into a quasi-encounter with the otherworldly.’
      • ‘With a sigh, the High-Elf sat on a log, shifting her attention from the moon to her clerical vestments.’
      outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, suit, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, finery
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Middle English: from Old French vestiment, from Latin vestimentum, from vestire clothe (see vest).