dalmatic

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French dalmatique, from Latin, derived ultimately from the name of the province of Dalmatia.

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  • Hyphenation: dal‧ma‧tic
  • (UK) IPA(key): /dalˈmatɪk/

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dalmatic (plural dalmatics)

  1. A long wide-sleeved tunic, which serves as a liturgical vestment in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches and is worn by a deacon at the Eucharist or Mass and, although infrequently, by bishops as an undergarment above the alb.
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      He had [...] dalmatics of white satin and pink silk damask, decorated with tulips and dolphins and fleurs-de-lis [...].

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