Definitions for vestvɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a fitted, waist-length, sleeveless garment with buttons down the front, usu. worn under a jacket.

    Category: Clothing

  2. a part or trimming simulating the front of such a garment.

    Category: Clothing

    Ref: Compare dickey1 (def. 1). 1 1 1

  3. any of various sleeveless garments for the upper body, having a front opening and worn for style, warmth, or protection:

    a down vest; a bulletproof vest.

    Category: Clothing

  4. Brit. an undershirt.

    Category: British, Clothing

  5. Archaic. dress; apparel. an outer garment, robe, or gown.

    Category: Clothing

  6. (v.t.)to dress or clothe, as in ecclesiastical vestments.

  7. to place or settle in the possession or control of someone (usu. fol. by in):

    to vest authority in a new official.

  8. to invest or endow with something, as powers, functions, or rights:

    to vest the board with power to increase production.

  9. (v.i.)to put on vestments.

  10. to become vested in a person, as a right.

  11. to devolve upon a person as possessor.

Origin of vest:

1375–1425; (n.) < It veste robe, dress < L vestis garment; (v.) < MF vestir < L vestīre to clothe, der. of vestis; akin to wear

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vest, waistcoat(noun)

    a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat

  2. singlet, vest, undershirt(verb)

    a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body

  3. invest, vest, enthrone(verb)

    provide with power and authority

    "They vested the council with special rights"

  4. vest(verb)

    place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons

    "She vested her vast fortune in her two sons"

  5. vest(verb)

    become legally vested

    "The property vests in the trustees"

  6. vest(verb)

    clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments

  7. vest, robe(verb)

    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vest(noun)ɛst

    a sleeveless item of clothing worn on the top part of your body

    a fur-lined vest

  2. vestɛst


    ***He wasn't wearing a vest.


  1. vest(Noun)

    A loose robe or outer garment worn historically by men in Arabic or Middle Eastern countries.

  2. vest(Noun)

    A sleeveless garment that buttons down the front, worn over a shirt, and often as part of a suit; a waistcoat.

  3. vest(Noun)

    A sleeveless garment, often with a low-cut neck, usually worn under a shirt or blouse.

  4. vest(Noun)

    A sleeveless top, typically with identifying colours or logos, worn by an athlete or member of a sports team.

  5. vest(Noun)

    Any sleeveless outer garment, often for a purpose such as identification, safety, or storage.

  6. vest(Verb)

    (commonly used of financial arrangements) To become vested, to become permanent.

    My pension vests at the end of the month and then I can take it with me when I quit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vest(noun)

    an article of clothing covering the person; an outer garment; a vestment; a dress; a vesture; a robe

  2. Vest(noun)

    any outer covering; array; garb

  3. Vest(noun)

    specifically, a waistcoat, or sleeveless body garment, for men, worn under the coat

  4. Vest(noun)

    to clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely

  5. Vest(noun)

    to clothe with authority, power, or the like; to put in possession; to invest; to furnish; to endow; -- followed by with before the thing conferred; as, to vest a court with power to try cases of life and death

  6. Vest(noun)

    to place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; -- with in before the possessor; as, the power of life and death is vested in the king, or in the courts

  7. Vest(noun)

    to invest; to put; as, to vest money in goods, land, or houses

  8. Vest(noun)

    to clothe with possession; as, to vest a person with an estate; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of; as, an estate is vested in possession

  9. Vest(verb)

    to come or descend; to be fixed; to take effect, as a title or right; -- followed by in; as, upon the death of the ancestor, the estate, or the right to the estate, vests in the heir at law


  1. Vest

    Vest or Vest-Banat is a development region in Romania created in 1998. As with the other development regions, it does not have any administrative powers. Its primary functions are coordinating regional development projects and managing funds from the European Union.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. VEST

    A waistcoat sold at halfprice.

Anagrams of vest

  1. vets

Translations for vest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of sleeveless shirt worn under a shirt, blouse etc

He was dressed only in (a) vest and underpants.

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