chasuble

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French chesible, from late Latin casubla, an alteration of Latin casula (little cottage, hooded cloak), a diminutive of casa (house).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃæzjʊbəl/

Noun[edit]

chasuble (plural chasubles)

  1. The outermost liturgical vestment worn by clergy for celebrating Eucharist or Mass.
    • 1898, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling, from the 1856 French by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, part 3, chapter 10 (ebook):
      Day broke. He saw three black hens asleep in a tree. He shuddered, horrified at this omen. Then he promised the Holy Virgin three chasubles for the church, and that he would go barefooted from the cemetery at Bertaux to the chapel of Vassonville.
    • 1936, Henry Miller, Black Spring, chapter 6 “Jabberwhorl Kronstadt”:
      He has magenta eyes, like old-fashioned vest buttons; he’s mowsy and glaubrous, brown like arnica and then green as the Nile; he’s quaky and qualmy and queasy and teasy; he chews chasubles and ripples rasubly.

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