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vest·ment

 (vĕst′mənt)
n.
1. A garment, especially a robe or gown worn as an indication of office or state.
2. Ecclesiastical Any of the ritual robes worn by members of the clergy, acolytes, or other assistants at services or rites, especially a garment worn at the celebration of the Eucharist.

[Middle English vestement, from Old French vestment, from Latin vestīmentum, from vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest.]

vest·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
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Adj.1.vestmental - of or relating to or resembling a vestmentvestmental - of or relating to or resembling a vestment
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