One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A room or building attached to a church, used as an office and for changing into vestments.
- ‘This simple meeting room was opened in 1840, being a large room with a small vestry to the rear.’
- ‘A system of smoke detectors is set to cover the entire cathedral including the soon to be completed new vestry and education room.’
- ‘Please inform your priest in the vestry before Mass if you wish to receive.’
- ‘It will also include two meeting rooms, a kitchen, an office, a vestry and toilets.’
- ‘They have found neglected war memorials left in back rooms, museum stores and vestries, and hope that their work will persuade the relevant organisations to display them prominently once more.’
- ‘The vestry includes a toilet for the disabled and baby-changing facilities.’
- ‘After ransacking the vestry and attempting to tear a steel donation box from the wall the burglars left empty-handed.’
- ‘By the time the choir had gone into the vestry, the entire church was in complete and utter darkness.’
- ‘The first hymn will provide the perfect cover for a quick dash to the vestry, where Andrew will swap the father's suit for his vicar's vestments.’
- ‘This morning we had a working party to clear the existing vestry.’
- ‘The new vestry (started August 1, projected completion date October 31) is just beginning to get its roof on.’
- ‘The new choir and organ loft will create a useful space underneath for a vestry with a secure area for valuables, kitchens, toilets and storage space.’
- ‘They were married in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral, in New York, one week after his first novel, This Side of Paradise, was published.’
- ‘How many boxes of candles are stacked in church vestries across Britain?’
- ‘Outside is a small boiler house and the vestry with a single room of about 90 sq ft.’
- ‘Albert had been working in the vestry and was caught.’
- ‘Today the building has interesting features including stained glass windows, a carved rood screen, a pipe organ, a choir vestry and a beautifully carved pulpit.’
- ‘The school opened with just nine pupils, using a church hall as a classroom and the vestry as an office.’
- ‘Original plans to rebuild the vestry were estimated at £350,000, with £260,000 of that received from a legacy.’
- ‘Almost every gravestone was flattened by the force of the water which even got into the vestry - two steps higher than the church floor.’
- 1.1 A meeting of parishioners, originally in a vestry, for the conduct of parochial business.
- 1.2 A body of parishioners meeting in a vestry.
- ‘I have been on my local library board and served on our church vestry.’
- ‘The legitimacy of that refusal was contested by the parish vestry.’
- ‘Trustees, members of vestries, and elders need to raise this question and hold church staff (both paid and volunteer) responsible for this kind of accountability.’
- ‘When the rector resigned, she was elected to the vestry.’
- ‘And it might be interesting to challenge the vestry to decide whether it's ethical to use these techniques in a pledge campaign.’
Late Middle English: probably from an Anglo-Norman French alteration of Old French vestiarie, from Latin vestiarium.
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