One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to clothes or dress.
- ‘If memory serves me well, Can't Buy Me Love was always top of the playlist on Radio Luxembourg in 1964 and, as I grew older, I donned the Beatles’ trademark vestiaries of a black polo neck sweater and, of course, those Beatle boots.’
- ‘She often worked with non-rigid materials such as this, and in 1964 she initiated ‘vestiary’ sculpture, designed to be worn by the spectator.’
- ‘Unlike the other girls, whose only vestiary accommodation to the day's activities has been to sweep their hair out of the way with butterfly barrettes, Calloway sports a blue Derek Jeter jersey and her hair is done up in careful rows of tight braids that won't come down right after practice.’
- ‘But when we consider the recent popular comeback of the military look worn by people on the street in recent years, the same appropriation of vestiary sloganeering is in effect.’
A room or building in a monastery or other large establishment in which clothes are kept.
- ‘These baths contain the three classical sections of the Roman bath: the vestiary where patrons changed clothing before their bath and rested afterwards, and three rooms for cold, warm and hot water.’
- ‘Hannover's attempts at halving the score would be for naught and the home side would go into the vestiaries down 2-0.’
- ‘The size of the vestiary indicates the bath was more than a source of physical well-being but also a center of social interaction.’
- ‘The benefit of using the services and treats of the vestiary and the changing rooms is fixed in all the types of membership.’
Middle English (denoting a vestry): from Old French vestiarie, from Latin vestiarium (see vestry).
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