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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.]
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]
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.
Vestryin the Church of England, the body which administers the affairs of the church or parish, hence, the collective body of churchwardens, 1672.
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|Noun||1.||vestry - 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 held|
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"