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See also: vēsture and vēsturē



Middle English, from Old French vesteure, from Vulgar Latin vestitura (clothing), from Latin vestitus, perfect passive participle of vestiō (to clothe), from vestis (garment).


vesture (plural vestures)

  1. A covering of or like clothing.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 16
      His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.


vesture (third-person singular simple present vestures, present participle vesturing, simple past and past participle vestured)

  1. (archaic) To clothe.

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