• WordNet 3.6
    • n vestment gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vestment (Eccl) A covering or garment; some part of clothing or dress "Royal vestiment .""Priests in holy vestments .""The sculptor could not give vestments suitable to the quality of the persons represented."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vestment A covering or garment; some part of clothing or dress; an article of clothing; especially, some part of outer clothing; specifically, a ceremonial or official robe or garment.
    • n vestment Eccles.: One of the garments worn, in addition to the cassock and ordinary dress, by the clergy and their assistants, choristers, etc., during divine service and the administration of the sacraments; especially, one of the garments so worn by the celebrant, deacon, and subdeacon during the celebration of the eucharist; specifically, the chasuble, or the chasuble with the other eucharistic garments and ornaments, especially the amice, stole, and maniple. One of the cloths or coverings of the altar. From monumental and other evidence it appears that the type of the principal ecclesiastical vestments has always been nearly the same; that this agreed on the whole with the general style of dress among Greeks, Romans, and Orientals; and that in certain respects it agreed with official rather than common civil dress and with Syrian rather than Greek or Roman costume.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vestment vest′ment something put on, a garment: a long outer robe:
    • n Vestment vest′ment (pl.) articles of dress worn by the clergy during divine service and the administration of the sacraments—amice, alb, girdle, maniple, stole, chasuble, &c.: covering of the altar.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vestement, vestiment, OF. vestement, vestiment, F. vêtement, fr. L. vestimentum, fr. vestire, to clothe, fr. vestis, a garment, clothing. See Vest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vestimentumvestīre, to clothe—vestis, a garment.


In literature:

This color is supposed to be named from the vestments of a cardinal, an ecclesiastic of high rank in the Roman Church.
"Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual" by Various
During his term of office he wore episcopal vestments.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White
The "mass of fools" was a complete parody of the mass, with mock music and vestments and burlesque ceremony.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It is, however, rich in costly vestments and plate, and richer still in the reverence which the pious pay to it.
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
The Queen, at her coronation, is said to wear a Roman Catholic vestment, is that a sham?
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
There were no kind and sympathizing friends to go into that hovel and deck the marble form in the vestments of the grave.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
His richly embroidered vestments hung on a long line.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Priests in gorgeous vestments were going through some church ceremony.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
The intruder wore a dark-coloured vestment; a low-crowned hat surmounted his figure.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
In his vestments the priest was a striking figure.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson

In poetry:

Now at the grave of summer stands
A priest, in purple vestments stoled,
And through the hills, his lifted hands,
There runs a rosary of gold.
"September" by Charles Hanson Towne
Mind not gay ornaments, nor vestments fine,
In paradise their garments all are white,
Thy own shall there with dazzling lustre shine,
Than the meridian sun itself more bright.
"Another Conference Between The Devout Sick Man, And His Soul" by Rees Prichard
Two lights on a lowly altar;
Two snowy cloths for a Feast;
Two vases of dying roses;
The morning comes from the east,
With a gleam for the folds of the vestments
And a grace for the face of the priest.
"Feast Of The Sacred Heart" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Beauty delighted gave her hand,
And bade the Prince her fate command;
The Prince now led through rooms of state,
Where Beauty's family await,
In bridal vestments all array'd,
By some superior power convey'd.
"Beauty And The Beast" by Charles Lamb
But let us all with anxious care,
For the great festival prepare,
(The hour Christ comes, no man on earth can say)
And to our Saviour's presence press,
In trim array and proper dress,
And vestments suited to that solemn day.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Nor those alone doomed to incarnate birth
Painting, death-baffler, is it thine to save!
The heavenly shapes that flit,
When the entranced fit,
Is on, and the charmed soul forgets its earth,
Thou bidst to earthly eyes their sky-dipt vestments wave.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

Pastor Geoff Posegate of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston sets up a vestment and container of ashes on the alter of the church.
They gathered for a group photograph on a bitterly cold February day in western Kansas, resplendent in their bishop's miters and vestments.
Louis Schmit traditionally dons colorful vestments when celebrating Mass at St Augustine Catholic Church.
Uriel Ojeda stands accused of charges that, if proved, could send him to prison and strip the young Catholic priest of his collar and vestments.
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Woonsocket firefighters carry vestments and prayer books out of St Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Harris Avenue after a fire broke out there between 4:30 and 5:00 am Wednesday.
Early on he had to go from a night in the cattle shed — cleaning up the manure of 30 cows, a bull and a dozen calves — to helping a very strict and demanding abbot put on his vestments.
How can someone who has worn holy vestments say this.
Wearing white vestments and later donning colored silk stoles, 12 women were ordained July 31 as deacons and priests aboard a riverboat in Pittsburgh by a group claiming that such rites are valid Roman Catholic ordinations.
They arrive early and join a line that stretches out like a Sunday morning communion queue: flip-flopped tourists in madras-print vestments, joggers ashine from their early-morning canters, locals burning off the fog of a few too many.

In science:

However, this is changing through the signi ficant in vestment in lattice QCD at the Jefferson Laboratory by nuclear physics DOE and SciDAC.
Nuclei from QCD : Strategy, Challenges and Status