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1. The wide-sleeved garment worn over the alb by a deacon, cardinal, bishop, or abbot at the celebration of Mass.
2. A wide-sleeved garment worn by certain monarchs at their coronations.

[Middle English dalmatik, from Old French dalmatique, from Medieval Latin dalmatica (vestis), Dalmatian (garment) (originally made of white wool from Dalmatia), from Latin dalmaticus, of Dalmatia.]
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) a wide-sleeved tunic-like vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a similar robe worn by a king at his coronation
[C15: from Late Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (robe) (originally made of Dalmatian wool)]
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(dælˈmæt ɪk)

1. an open-sided vestment worn over the alb by a deacon or bishop.
2. a similar vestment worn by English sovereigns at their coronation.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French dalmatike < Late Latin Dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (garment). See Dalmatia, -ic]
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The deacon came out onto the raised space before the altar screen and, holding his thumb extended, drew his long hair from under his dalmatic and, making the sign of the cross on his breast, began in a loud and solemn voice to recite the words of the prayer...
He loved to kneel down on the cold marble pavement and watch the priest, in his stiff flowered dalmatic, slowly and with white hands moving aside the veil of the tabernacle, or raising aloft the jewelled, lantern-shaped monstrance with that pallid wafer that at times, one would fain think, is indeed the "panis caelestis," the bread of angels, or, robed in the garments of the Passion of Christ, breaking the Host into the chalice and smiting his breast for his sins.
He had chasubles, also, of amber-coloured silk, and blue silk and gold brocade, and yellow silk damask and cloth of gold, figured with representations of the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ, and embroidered with lions and peacocks and other emblems; dalmatics of white satin and pink silk damask, decorated with tulips and dolphins and fleurs-de-lis; altar frontals of crimson velvet and blue linen; and many corporals, chalice-veils, and sudaria.
The halberds of the motley beadles clanked; and, a few moments later, a long procession of priests in chasubles, and deacons in dalmatics, marched gravely towards the condemned girl, as they drawled their song, spread out before her view and that of the crowd.
Simply stated, the chasuble, worn over the alb and stole, is the vestment worn by those priests who are celebrants at the Eucharist and is different in form and function from the dalmatic worn by deacons and the tunicle worn by sub-deacons.
The floating Bible reportedly found on the surface of the Nile -- Egypt Today When he met us, he had just removed his gold-embroidered dalmatic that he wears at the morning mass as he always does on Fridays and Sundays.
One is an Anglo-Saxon silk dalmatic (a tunic-style church garment) and the other is part of a large shawl known as The Peacock Silk which dates from around 1100.
Caption: 10 Dalmatic and stole in silk with gold thread embroidery, 18th century.
For you, it will cease to be confusing when he is ordained and begins wearing a dalmatic at Mass.
He is flanked by masters of ceremonies, and a deacon vested in an equally elaborate dalmatic stands below and off to the side.
This is a heart the Queen leant on, Thrilled in a minute erratic, Ere the true bosom she bent on, Meet for love's regal dalmatic. Oh, what a fancy ecstatic Was the poor heart's, ere the wanderer went on-- Love to be saved for it, proffered to, spent on!
(4) The level of detail provided is impressive: Isaiah, for example, should wear a dalmatic with a "red stole hanging vertically in the middle in the front and behind" (stola rubea per medium verticis ante et retro dependens), Moses is to carry the tablets of the Law ("tabulas legis ferens"), and John the Baptist wears a hair shirt and has long hair ("pilosa veste et longis capillis"; 145).