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investiture (plural investitures)
- The act of investing, as with possession or power; formal bestowal or presentation of a possessory or prescriptive right.
- 1882, Albert Mackey, “The Rite of Investiture”, in The Symbolism of Freemasonry:
- The rite of investiture, called, in the colloquially technical language of the order, the ceremony of clothing, brings us at once to the consideration of that well-known symbol of Freemasonry, the LAMB-SKIN APRON. This rite of investiture, or the placing upon the aspirant some garment, as an indication of his appropriate preparation for the ceremonies in which he was about to engage, prevailed in all the ancient initiations.
- That which invests or clothes; covering; vestment.
act of investing
- investiture in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- investiture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “investiture”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- Investiture in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
investiture f (plural investitures)
- “investiture” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
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