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1. Clothing; apparel.
2. Something that covers or cloaks: hills in a vesture of mist.
tr.v. ves·tured, ves·tur·ing, ves·tures
To cover with vesture; clothe.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vestītūra, from Latin vestītus, past participle of vestīre, to clothe, from vestis, garment; see vest.]
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1. (Clothing & Fashion) archaic a garment or something that seems like a garment: a vesture of cloud.
2. (Law) law
a. everything except trees that grows on the land
b. a product of the land, such as grass, wheat, etc
(tr) archaic to clothe
[C14: from Old French, from vestir, from Latin vestīre, from vestis clothing]
ˈvestural adj
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(ˈvɛs tʃər)

n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
1. Law. everything growing on and covering the land, as grass or wheat, with the exception of trees.
2. Archaic.
a. clothing; garments.
b. something that covers like a garment; covering.
3. Archaic. to clothe or cover.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French vesteure « Latin vestīt(us), past participle of vestīre]
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Past participle: vestured
Gerund: vesturing

I vesture
you vesture
he/she/it vestures
we vesture
you vesture
they vesture
I vestured
you vestured
he/she/it vestured
we vestured
you vestured
they vestured
Present Continuous
I am vesturing
you are vesturing
he/she/it is vesturing
we are vesturing
you are vesturing
they are vesturing
Present Perfect
I have vestured
you have vestured
he/she/it has vestured
we have vestured
you have vestured
they have vestured
Past Continuous
I was vesturing
you were vesturing
he/she/it was vesturing
we were vesturing
you were vesturing
they were vesturing
Past Perfect
I had vestured
you had vestured
he/she/it had vestured
we had vestured
you had vestured
they had vestured
I will vesture
you will vesture
he/she/it will vesture
we will vesture
you will vesture
they will vesture
Future Perfect
I will have vestured
you will have vestured
he/she/it will have vestured
we will have vestured
you will have vestured
they will have vestured
Future Continuous
I will be vesturing
you will be vesturing
he/she/it will be vesturing
we will be vesturing
you will be vesturing
they will be vesturing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vesturing
you have been vesturing
he/she/it has been vesturing
we have been vesturing
you have been vesturing
they have been vesturing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vesturing
you will have been vesturing
he/she/it will have been vesturing
we will have been vesturing
you will have been vesturing
they will have been vesturing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vesturing
you had been vesturing
he/she/it had been vesturing
we had been vesturing
you had been vesturing
they had been vesturing
I would vesture
you would vesture
he/she/it would vesture
we would vesture
you would vesture
they would vesture
Past Conditional
I would have vestured
you would have vestured
he/she/it would have vestured
we would have vestured
you would have vestured
they would have vestured
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vesture - something that covers or cloaks like a garmentvesture - something that covers or cloaks like a garment; "fields in a vesture of green"
covering, natural covering, cover - a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover"
2.vesture - a covering designed to be worn on a person's bodyvesture - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
accessory, accouterment, accoutrement - clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
apparel, clothes, wearing apparel, dress - clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"
raiment, regalia, array - especially fine or decorative clothing
attire, garb, dress - clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress"
beachwear - clothing to be worn at a beach
black - black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
blue - blue clothing; "she was wearing blue"
change - a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, plain clothes - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
consumer goods - goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
drag - clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man); "he went to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"
footwear - clothing worn on a person's feet
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
gray, grey - clothing that is a grey color; "he was dressed in grey"
hand wear, handwear - clothing for the hands
headdress, headgear - clothing for the head
knitwear - knitted clothing
leisure wear - informal clothing designed to be worn when you are relaxing
loungewear - clothing suitable for relaxation
man's clothing - clothing that is designed for men to wear
neckpiece - an article of apparel worn about the neck
nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear - garments designed to be worn in bed
outerwear, overclothes - clothing for use outdoors
protective garment - clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
ready-to-wear - ready-made clothing; "she couldn't find anything in ready-to-wear that she liked"
slip-on - an article of clothing (garment or shoe) that is easily slipped on or off
slops - cheap clothing (as formerly issued to sailors in Britain)
street clothes - ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
tailor-made - custom-made clothing
duds, threads, togs - informal terms for clothing
uniform - clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification
vestiture - an archaic term for clothing
wardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one person
woman's clothing - clothing that is designed for women to wear
work-clothes, work-clothing - clothing worn for doing manual labor
Verb1.vesture - provide or cover with a cloakvesture - provide or cover with a cloak  
apparel, clothe, enclothe, garb, garment, raiment, tog, habilitate, fit out, dress - provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"
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[ˈvestʃəʳ] N (liter) → vestidura f
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References in classic literature ?
For, as it is noted, by one of the fathers, Christ's coat indeed had no seam, but the church's vesture was of divers colors; whereupon he saith, In veste varietas sit, scissura non sit; they be two things, unity and uniformity.
Along with the sense of danger and possible rescue for those long-remembered beings at the old home, there was an undefined sense of reconcilement with her brother; what quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs?
His vesture was dabbled in blood--and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.
No wonder there had been some among the hunters who namelessly transported and allured by all this serenity, had ventured to assail it; but had fatally found that quietude but the vesture of tornadoes.
His long white beard and searching eyes imparted to him an air of masterful dignity, which was increased by his tabardlike vesture and the heraldic barret cap with triple plume which bespoke his office.
Let the reader now imagine what an investment of funds it would require to rewrite the architectural book; to cause thousands of edifices to swarm once more upon the soil; to return to those epochs when the throng of monuments was such, according to the statement of an eye witness, "that one would have said that the world in shaking itself, had cast off its old garments in order to cover itself with a white vesture of churches." Erat enim ut si mundus, ipse excutiendo semet, rejecta vetustate, candida ecclesiarum vestem indueret .
At the end of a fairly hard day's work it was certainly something of an effort to clear one's room, to pull the mattress off one's bed, and lay it on the floor, to fill a pitcher with cold coffee, and to sweep a long table clear for plates and cups and saucers, with pyramids of little pink biscuits between them; but when these alterations were effected, Mary felt a lightness of spirit come to her, as if she had put off the stout stuff of her working hours and slipped over her entire being some vesture of thin, bright silk.
But when Fyne and I got back into the room, then in the searching, domestic, glare of the lamp, inimical to the play of fancy, I saw these two stripped of every vesture it had amused me to put on them for fun.
His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.
Meanwhile Minerva flung her richly embroidered vesture, made with her own hands, on to her father's threshold, and donned the shirt of Jove, arming herself for battle.
There it stood, poor devil of a contrivance that it was!--with only the thinnest vesture of human similitude about it, through which was evident the stiff, rickety, incongruous, faded, tattered, good-for-nothing patchwork of its substance, ready to sink in a heap upon the floor, as conscious of its own unworthiness to be erect.
``And now,'' said Prior Aymer, ``I will pray you of restitution of my mules and palfreys, and the freedom of the reverend brethren attending upon me, and also of the gymmal rings, jewels, and fair vestures, of which I have been despoiled, having now satisfied you for my ransom as a true prisoner.''