investiture

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English[edit]

Sydney Prior Hall, The investiture of Haakon VII of Norway, 1906

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French investiture, from Medieval Latin investītūra, from investīre (to clothe).

Noun[edit]

investiture (plural investitures)

  1. 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.
  2. That which invests or clothes; covering; vestment.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin investītūra. Displaced Old French envesture.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.vɛs.ti.tyʁ/
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Noun[edit]

investiture f (plural investitures)

  1. investiture
  2. (politics) inauguration

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

investiture f

  1. plural of investitura

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

investītūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of investītūrus