Cassock
Cassock Cas"sock, n. [F. casaque, fr. It. casacca, perh. fr. L. casa cottage, in It., house; or of Slavic origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. A long outer garment formerly worn by men and women, as well as by soldiers as part of their uniform. [1913 Webster]

2. (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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cassock — (n.) mid 16c., from M.Fr. casaque long coat (26c.), probably ultimately from Turk. quzzak nomad, adventurer, (the source of COSSACK (Cf. Cossack)), from their typical riding coat. Or perhaps from Arabic kazagand, from Pers. kazhagand padded coat …   Etymology dictionary

  • cassock — ► NOUN ▪ a long garment worn by some Christian clergy and members of church choirs. ORIGIN Italian casacca riding coat …   English terms dictionary

  • cassock — [kas′ək] n. [Fr casaque; prob. < Turk qazaq, nomad, adventurer (> Russ kozak, COSSACK); in allusion to their usual riding coat] a long, closefitting vestment, generally black, worn as an outer garment or under the surplice by members of the …   English World dictionary

  • Cassock — Not to be confused with Cossack. The cassock, an item of clerical clothing, is an ankle length robe worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Church, Lutheran Church and some ministers and ordained officers… …   Wikipedia

  • cassock — /kas euhk/, n. 1. a long, close fitting garment worn by members of the clergy or others participating in church services. 2. a lightweight, double breasted ecclesiastical coat or jacket, worn under the Geneva gown. 3. a member of the clergy.… …   Universalium

  • cassock — [16] Etymologically, a cassock is probably a cloak worn by a Cossack; the two words appear to be ultimately identical. Cassock, which originally meant simply ‘cloak’ or ‘long coat’ (its current application to clergymen’s tunics arose in the 17th… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • cassock — [16] Etymologically, a cassock is probably a cloak worn by a Cossack; the two words appear to be ultimately identical. Cassock, which originally meant simply ‘cloak’ or ‘long coat’ (its current application to clergymen’s tunics arose in the 17th… …   Word origins

  • cassock — UK [ˈkæsək] / US noun [countable] Word forms cassock : singular cassock plural cassocks a long loose piece of clothing, often black and covering the whole body, traditionally worn by some priests …   English dictionary

  • Cassock —    A long black coat, fastened in front and reaching to the feet, worn by the clergy with or without robes and signifying separation from the world. The cassock is also worn by choristers and choirmen under their surplices …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • cassock — [[t]kæ̱sək[/t]] cassocks N COUNT A cassock is a long piece of clothing, often black, that is worn by members of the clergy in some churches …   English dictionary

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