• WordNet 3.6
    • n investiture the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank
    • n investiture the ceremony of installing a new monarch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Investiture (Feudal Law) Livery of seizin. "The grant of land or a feud was perfected by the ceremony of corporal investiture , or open delivery of possession."
    • Investiture That with which anyone is invested or clothed; investment; clothing; covering. "While we yet have on
      Our gross investiture of mortal weeds."
    • Investiture The act or ceremony of investing, or the state of being invested, as with an office; a giving possession; also, the right of so investing. "He had refused to yield up to the pope the investiture of bishops."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n investiture The act of investing, as with possession or power; formal bestowal or presentation of a possessory or prescriptive right, as to a fief or to the rights and possessions pertaining to an ecclesiastical dignity: opposed to divestiture.
    • n investiture That which invests or clothes; covering; vestment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Investiture in feudal and ecclesiastical history, the act of giving corporal possession of a manor, office, or benefice, accompanied by a certain ceremonial, such as the delivery of a branch, a banner, &c., to signify the authority which it is supposed to convey
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. investitura,: cf. F. investiture,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. investīre, -ītumin, on, vestīre, to clothe.


In literature:

This is curiously suggestive of the marriage investiture of Eastern Hindostan.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
In 733 A.D. King Muktapida Lalitaditya received investiture from the Chinese Emperor.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
During the next three days he presented medals to the St. John Ambulance Brigade and held a Levee and investiture of the Bath.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
And this was the terrible coronation scene which signalized the investiture of Richard with the crown and the royal robes of England.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
So complete was Miss Merival's investiture of herself in this part that no one recognized her as she stepped on the stage.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
Esquires created by the king's letters patent, or other investiture; and their eldest sons.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
There are more rumors of revolution, and even of displacement of the President by Congress, and investiture of Gen. Lee.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
It seems to involve an absurdity to impute to it the investiture of rights which the sovereignty alone had power to impart.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
These petty ecclesiastical sovereigns receive their investiture from the Tale-Lama, and recognise his sovereign authority.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Now, the use of oil, in the ceremony of investiture to office, is peculiar to revealed religion.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick

In news:

Judge Berger's Investiture to 5th District Court.
Investiture of ULM's 8th President ULM Forum 9-23-11.
Investiture Week a showcase for University.
Next week marks a series of events commemorating the investiture of President Nick Bruno.
Girl Scout Troup 4387 Investiture .
Dietre Griesinger leads the Color Guard at last week's Girl Scout Daisy Troop 4387 Investiture ceremony at the Elburn American Legion in downtown Elburn.
Students Cater Judge Groeb's Investiture Reception.
Students with the Institute of Culinary Arts magnet program at Eastside High School catered the reception for Judge Robert Groeb's investiture .
Investiture ceremony held for SUNY Fredonia President.
MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette file photo Van Buren County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Brickley talks at her investiture Thursday with William Milliken, the former Michigan governor.
Somerset Maugham , leaving the Dorchester Hotel to attend a private investiture at Buckingham Palace, July 14, 1954.
Somerset Maugham, leaving the Dorchester Hotel to attend a private investiture at Buckingham Palace, July 14, 1954.
Judge Berger 's Investiture to 5th District Court.
Judge Berger's Investiture to 5th District Court .
Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.