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ves·try

 (vĕs′trē)
n. pl. ves·tries
1. A room in or attached to a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these robes and other sacred objects are stored; a sacristy.
2. A room in a church used for meetings and classes.
3. A committee of members elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish.
4. A business meeting of parishioners in a parish.

[Middle English vestrie, probably from Anglo-Norman *vesterie, alteration of Old French vestiarie; see vestiary.]

vestry

(ˈvɛstrɪ)
n, pl -tries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a room in or attached to a church in which vestments, sacred vessels, etc, are kept
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a room in or attached to some churches, used for Sunday school, meetings, etc
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England
a. a meeting of all the members of a parish or their representatives, to transact the official business of the parish
b. the body of members meeting for this; the parish council
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Episcopal Church Anglican Church a committee of vestrymen chosen by the congregation to manage the temporal affairs of their church
[C14: probably from Old French vestiarie; see vest]
ˈvestral adj

ves•try

(ˈvɛs tri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy.
2. a room in or a building attached to a church, used as a chapel, for prayer meetings, for the Sunday school, etc.
3. (in the Episcopal Church) a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.
4. (in the Church of England) a meeting of parishioners or of a committee of parishioners to discuss official business.
[1350–1400; Middle English vestrie. See vest (v.), -ery]
ves′tral, adj.

Vestry

 in the Church of England, the body which administers the affairs of the church or parish, hence, the collective body of churchwardens, 1672.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vestry - in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the churchvestry - in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle
vestryman - a man who is a member of a church vestry
vestrywoman - a woman who is a member of a church vestry
2.vestry - a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are heldvestry - a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
church building, church - a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
Translations

vestry

[ˈvestrɪ] Nsacristía f

vestry

[ˈvɛstri] nsacristie f

vestry

nSakristei f

vestry

[ˈvɛstrɪ] nsagrestia
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Wood is in the vestry, sir, putting on his surplice.
In a quarter of an hour more the wedding-party was in the vestry, and the clergyman led the way to the altar.
We had an adjourned cause in the Consistory that day - about excommunicating a baker who had been objecting in a vestry to a paving-rate - and as the evidence was just twice the length of Robinson Crusoe, according to a calculation I made, it was rather late in the day before we finished.
would be the time for me to rise and propose a private conference in the vestry.
Nothing further was said until Silas was seated in the vestry, in front of the minister, with the eyes of those who to him represented God's people fixed solemnly upon him.
Already were the guests beginning to assemble, when the Bishop, back in the vestry, saw a minstrel clad in green walk up boldly to the door and peer within.
The inside door then opened, and we entered the vestry.
bishops, priests, deacons, wardens, vestry, and choir; organ, organist, amid bellows
She dropped her bouquet as we went towards the vestry.
A devil with merely local powers like a parish vestry would be too inconceivable a thing.
I saw a great Newfoundland dog the other day sitting in front of a mirror at the entrance to a shop in Regent's Circus, and examining himself with an amount of smug satisfaction that I have never seen equaled elsewhere outside a vestry meeting.
Newland Archer, at a signal from the sexton, had come out of the vestry and placed himself with his best man on the chancel step of Grace Church.