vestry

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From Anglo-Norman vesterie, from Old French vestiaire (room for vestments, dressing room), from Latin vestiarium (wardrobe). Doublet of vestiary.

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vestry (plural vestries)

  1. A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these are stored; also used for meetings and classes; a sacristy.
    The choirboys change into their cassocks in the vestry.
    Synonyms: vestiary, sacristy
  2. A committee of parishioners elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish.
    The vestry meets on the first Tuesday of every month.
  3. An assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; so called because usually held in a vestry.

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