• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dalmatic A robe worn on state ocasions, as by English kings at their coronation.
    • Dalmatic (R. C. Ch) A vestment with wide sleeves, and with two stripes, worn at Mass by deacons, and by bishops at pontifical Mass; -- imitated from a dress originally worn in Dalmatia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dalmatic A loose-fitting ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves, provided with an opening for the passage of the head, divided or left partly open at the sides, and reaching to or below the knee. It is worn in the Western Church by the deacon at the celebration of the mass or holy communion and on some other occasions, and is put on over the alb. Bishops also use the dalmatic, wearing it over the tunicle and under the chasuble. The earliest records of the dalmatic as a secular garment seem to date from the latter part of the second century, at which time it is also alluded to as the “sleeved tunic of the Dalmatians (chiridota Dalmatarum).” It afterward came to be especially worn by senators and other persons of high station. The first mention of its use by a bishop is in the case of St. Cyprian, martyred a. d. 258.
    • n dalmatic The imperial mantle, resembling the ecclesiastical dalmatic, worn by kings and emperors at coronation and on other important occasions. The dalmatic worn by Queen Victoria when she was crowned in Westminster Abbey, June 28, 1838, was of cloth of gold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dalmatic dal-mat′ik a loose-fitting, wide-sleeved ecclesiastical vestment, worn specially by deacons in the R.C. Church, also sometimes by bishops.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. dalmatica,: cf. F. dalmatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. dalmatica, a robe worn by persons of rank in the early Christian centuries, on the pattern of a dress worn in Dalmatia.


In literature:

In the porch the Bishop waited, impressive as ever in his white and gold dalmatic, against the red robes of the chapter.
"The Valley of Decision" by Edith Wharton
One morning, when Hubert was arranging a dalmatic, a ring at the door-bell obliged him to go downstairs.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
Virgil has celebrated him as a poet, and a commander of armies, in the Illyrican and Dalmatic wars.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
Anciently the Pope received the homage of the deacons in the sacristy; they afterwards went out of the sacristy to put on their dalmatics.
"The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome" by Charles Michael Baggs
Mr. Swinburne was seated in an arbour of roses, clothed in a gold dalmatic, a birthday gift from his British Peers.
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
The Dalmatic of Charlemagne is embroidered on blue satin, although this is a rare early example of the material.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
Palermo wears the dalmatic, and receives his crown from the hands of Christ.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Palermo wears the dalmatic, and receives his crown from the hands of Christ.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The bishop and attendant priests look bright in gay dalmatics; and throngs of people crowd round, praising, envying, and wishing bliss.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
The chasuble is decorated with stars, and the dalmatic has a rich border.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White

In news:

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Dubrovnik Europe Croatia Dubrovnik + The Dalmation Coast.
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Dubrovnik & The Dalmation Coast Travel Guide.
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His full name being Wishbone-Balto-Dalmation.
His full name being Wishbone -Balto-Dalmation.
A Dalmation-German shepherd mix, is estimated to be about 14 years old.
You have seen him in tons of movies including "Elf" with Will Ferrel, "Godzilla", "101 Dalmations", and now with Julia Roberts in "Mirror Mirror".
Dalmation Cares For Look-Alike Lamb.