Vestry meeting
Vestry Ves"try, n.; pl. {Vestries}. [OE. vestrye, F. vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See {Vest}, n., and cf. {Vestiary}.] 1. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and sacred utensils are sometimes kept, and where meetings for worship or parish business are held; a sacristy; -- formerly called revestiary. [1913 Webster]

He said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshipers of Baal. --2 Kings x. 22. [1913 Webster]

2. (Ch. of Eng.) A parochial assembly; an assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; -- so called because usually held in a vestry. [1913 Webster]

3. (Prot. Epis. Ch.) A body, composed of wardens and vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its temporal concerns. [1913 Webster]

{Metropolitan vestry}, in the city of London, and certain specified parishes and places in England, a body composed of householders who pay poor rates. Its duties include the repair of churches, care of highways, the appointment of certain officers, etc.

{Select vestry}, a select number of persons chosen in large and populous English parishes to represent and manage the concerns of the parish for one year. --Mozley & W.

{Vestry board} (Ch. of Eng.), a vestry. See def. 2, above.

{Vestry clerk}, an officer chosen by the vestry, who keeps a record of its proceedings; also, in England, one who keeps the parish accounts and books.

{Vestry meeting}, the meeting of a vestry or vestry board; also, a meeting of a parish held in a vestry or other place. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Vestry — Ves try, n.; pl. {Vestries}. [OE. vestrye, F. vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See {Vest}, n., and cf. {Vestiary}.] 1. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and sacred… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vestry board — Vestry Ves try, n.; pl. {Vestries}. [OE. vestrye, F. vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See {Vest}, n., and cf. {Vestiary}.] 1. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vestry clerk — Vestry Ves try, n.; pl. {Vestries}. [OE. vestrye, F. vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See {Vest}, n., and cf. {Vestiary}.] 1. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vestry — St. George s Parish Vestry House built in 1766 at Perryman, Maryland A vestry is a room in or attached to a church or synagogue in which the vestments, vessels, records, etc., are kept (see also sacristy), and in which the clergy and choir robe… …   Wikipedia

  • Meeting of Parishioners — Anglicanism portal The Meeting of Parishioners (also referred to as the Annual Vestry Meeting or (AVM)) is held yearly in every parish in the Church of England to elect Churchwardens and deputies (if any) for the forthcoming year. The meeting… …   Wikipedia

  • vestry — [ves′trē] n. pl. vestries [ME vestrie < OFr vestiarie < L vestiarium, wardrobe < vestis, garment: see VEST] 1. a room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and the sacred vessels are kept; sacristy 2. a room in a church or… …   English World dictionary

  • vestry-room — vesˈtry room noun 1. A vestry 2. The meeting place of a vestry • • • Main Entry: ↑vestry …   Useful english dictionary

  • vestry — /ˈvɛstri / (say vestree) noun (plural vestries) 1. a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes also the sacred vessels, etc., are kept; a sacristy. 2. (in some churches) a room in or a building attached to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • vestry — n. (pl. ies) 1 a room or building attached to a church for keeping vestments in. 2 hist. a a meeting of parishioners usu. in a vestry for parochial business. b a body of parishioners meeting in this way. Derivatives: vestral adj. Etymology: ME f …   Useful english dictionary

  • vestry — noun (plural vestries) 1》 a room in or attached to a church, used as an office and for changing into ceremonial vestments. 2》 a meeting of parishioners, originally in a vestry, for parochial business. Derivatives vestryman noun (plural vestrymen) …   English new terms dictionary

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