Definitions for vestryˈvɛs tri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ves•tryˈvɛs tri(n.)(pl.)-tries.

  1. a room in or a building attached to a church, in which the vestments, and sometimes liturgical objects, are kept; sacristy.

    Category: Religion, Architecture

  2. a room in or a building attached to a church, used as a chapel, for prayer meetings, for the Sunday school, etc.

    Category: Religion, Architecture

  3. (in the Episcopal Church) a committee elected by members of a congregation to serve with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church.

    Category: Religion

  4. (in the Church of England) a meeting of parishioners or of a committee of parishioners to discuss official business.

    Category: Religion

Origin of vestry:

1350–1400; ME vestrie. See vest (v.), -ery

ves′tral(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vestry(noun)

    in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church

  2. vestry, sacristy(noun)

    a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held

Wiktionary

  1. vestry(Noun)

    A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these are stored; also used for meetings and classes; a sacristy

  2. vestry(Noun)

    A committee of parishioners elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vestry(noun)

    a room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and sacred utensils are sometimes kept, and where meetings for worship or parish business are held; a sacristy; -- formerly called revestiary

  2. Vestry(noun)

    a parochial assembly; an assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; -- so called because usually held in a vestry

  3. Vestry(noun)

    a body, composed of wardens and vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its temporal concerns

Freebase

  1. Vestry

    A vestry is a room in or attached to a church or synagogue in which the vestments, vessels, records, etc. are kept, and in which the clergy and choir robe or don their vestments for divine service. A select vestry is also an administrative committee of a parish whose meetings would once have been held in that same room. This committee is also known as the "close vestry". The "open vestry", which selected many of those committee members, was a meeting open to the general public who were rate-paying residents. Dating from the 14th century, the vestry was a parish parliament chaired by the parish priest or in his absence the churchwarden or, in the absence of both, an elected member of the meeting. Its powers grew with the decay of the hundredal and manorial courts system. In Welsh chapels, the room is often the location of a tea served to the congregation, particularly family members, after a funeral, when the congregation returns to the chapel after the burial or cremation.

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