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See also: vēsture and vēsturē



Anglo-Norman, 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.
    • 1852, The Ark, and Odd Fellows' Western Magazine
      It pencilled each flower with rich and variegated hues, and threw over its exuberant foliage a vesture of emerald green.


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

  1. (archaic) To clothe.

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