Also found in: Thesaurus.


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vestmental - of or relating to or resembling a vestmentvestmental - of or relating to or resembling a vestment
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
However, if we apply Saussure's distinction between language and speech to Wang Anyi's vestmental descriptions, the heroic triumph of a woman's individual freedom in clothing (speech) over costume (the language) is evident.
Tedlock draws on his interdisciplinary knowledge of Mesoamerican studies to connect, for example, imagery from ancient Mayan pottery and relief vessels, related to the vestmental protocol of taking prisoners, to the textual description of Cawek's capture by Man of Rabinal, and then to production details (dance, costume) of Rabinal Achi as performed in the late 1950s.
She describes the origin of the toilette as an imitation of the king's vestmental ritual - the grand and petit lever.