Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
  2. (noun, artifact) a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body
  3. (verb, social) provide with power and authority
  4. (verb, possession) place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
  5. (verb, possession) become legally vested
  6. (verb, body) clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
  7. (verb, body) clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes

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Origin of the word Vest

  1. c.1425, "to put in possession of a person," from M.Fr. vestir, from M.L. vestire "to put into possession, to invest," from L. vestire "to clothe," related to vestis "garment, clothing," from PIE *wes- "to clothe" (see wear). Vested "established, secured, settled" is attested from 1766. more
  2. 1613, "loose outer garment" (worn by men in Eastern countries or in ancient times), from Fr. veste, from It. vesta, veste "robe, gown," from L. vestis, from vestire "to clothe" (see vest (v.)). The sleeveless garment worn by men beneath the coat was introduced by Charles II.
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