noun (plural vestries) Etymology: Middle English vestrie, probably from Anglo-French *vesterie, alteration of Middle French vestiarie, from Medieval Latin vestiarium, from Latin, cupboard for storing clothes, from vestis garment; from its use as a robing room for the clergy Date: 14th century 1. a. sacristy b. a room used for church meetings and classes 2. a. the business meeting of an English parish b. an elective body in an Episcopal parish composed of the rector and a group of elected parishioners administering the temporal affairs of the parish

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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 — (n.) late 14c., probably from Anglo Fr. *vesterie, from O.Fr. vestiaire room for vestments, from L. vestarium wardrobe, noun use of neuter of vestiarius (adj.) of clothes, from vestis garment (see VEST (Cf. vest) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • vestry — ► NOUN (pl. vestries) ▪ a room in or attached to a church, used as an office and for changing into ceremonial vestments. ORIGIN Latin vestiarium …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — 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

  • Vestry —    The name given to the room attached to or within the church building, used for vesting in, or in which the vestments are kept. From the old custom of parish meetings be held in it, such meetings were called the Vestry; a name that has since… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • vestry — UK [ˈvestrɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms vestry : singular vestry plural vestries a room in a church used for storing things …   English dictionary

  • vestry — In ecclesiastical law, the place in a church where the priest s vestures are deposited. Also an assembly of the minister, church wardens, and parishioners, usually held in the vestry of the church, or in a building called a vestry hall, to act… …   Black's law dictionary

  • vestry — Revestiary Re*ves ti*a*ry, n. [LL. revestiarium: cf. F. revestiaire. See {Revest}.] The apartment, in a church or temple, where the vestments, etc., are kept; now contracted into {vestry}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vestry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. vestiary, sacristy; chapel. See council. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. church room, vestry room, robing room; see sacristy …   English dictionary for students

  • vestry — [[t]ve̱stri[/t]] vestries N COUNT A vestry is a room in a church which the clergy use as an office or to change into their ceremonial clothes for church services …   English dictionary

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