• WordNet 3.6
    • n cassock a black garment reaching down to the ankles; worn by priests or choristers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cassock (Eccl) A garment resembling a long frock coat worn by the clergy of certain churches when officiating, and by others as the usually outer garment.
    • Cassock A long outer garment formerly worn by men and women, as well as by soldiers as part of their uniform.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cassock Any loose robe or outer coat, but particularly a military one.
    • n cassock A long clerical coat, buttoned over the breast and reaching to the feet, and confined at the waist by a broad sash called a circline. In the Roman Catholic Church its color varies with the dignity of the wearer: priests wear black; bishops, purple; cardinals, scarlet; and popes, white. In the Anglican Church black is worn by all the three orders of the clergy, but bishops upon state occasions often wear purple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cassock kas′ok a long loose black robe or outer coat, formerly in common wear, but now worn only by clergy and choristers: a shorter garment, usually of black silk, worn under the Geneva gown by Scotch ministers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. casaque, fr. It. casacca, perh. fr. L. casa, cottage, in It., house; or of Slavic origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. casaque—It. casacca, prob. from L. casa, a cottage, a covering. Some explain Fr. casaque, casaquin, It. casacchino, as from Ar. kazāyand, a padded jerkin.


In literature:

The sense of uneasiness that had been with him ever since the priest in the cassock had appeared to him was not to be easily thrown off.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
At his right hand sat the priest in a white cassock and scapulary.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
The long black cassock of Marquette had instant effect upon them.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Moments later, with no fanfare, the empty spot was occupied by what looked like a slim elderly man in a white cassock.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
He was drawing together the ends of the broad band round his cassock.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
A cincture, or broad sash, sometimes confines the cassock at the waist.
"The Worship of the Church" by Jacob A. Regester
The bishop, gathering his cassock around his waist, was the first to leap ashore.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
One that thinks the gravest cassock the best scholar; and the best cloaths the finest man.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
Monsieur le Cure tucked it safely in the breast of his cassock.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
The man who attempts to put into practice the ideas you have expressed must wear the priest's cassock.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
A man in a cassock, with woolly hair and a petulant expression on his face, had already raised his hand.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The light of the setting sun that fell full upon his face paled the lasting of his cassock, shiny at the elbows, ravelled at the hem.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Then he insisted upon getting to his feet, a gaunt and terrible figure in his rusty cassock.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
We also had a real padre, who wore a surplice, cassock, and helmet, and who preached an indifferent sermon.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
Swift would, in all probability, have climbed as high, if he had not been encumbered by his cassock and his pudding sleeves.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
No bishop's cassock covered his towering form.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
I have thrown aside the cassock.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
His tall form, in its black cassock, bent over the lad like a spectre.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Tanaquil is credited with the first invention of the seamless coat or cassock.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
Once more she held the hem of the cassock between her fingers and watered it with her tears.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig

In poetry:

Unarmed, unmoved, St. Laurence waits,
His cassock is his only mail.
The troops of Hell have burst the gates,
But Christ is Lord, He shall prevail.
"St. Laurence" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
With brown cassock and sandalled feet,
And red Spring wine for blood;
The very next noon he chanced to meet
The Franklin's daughter, in a green May twilight,
Walking through the wood.
"The Young Friar" by Alfred Noyes
Beneath the cassock of the Priest
There throbs another heart--
Another--but 'tis not the least--
Which in his Lays takes part,
So that 'mid clash of Swords and Spears
There is no lack of Pity's tears.
"To The Poet-Priest Ryan" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.