What does vestige mean?

Definitions for vestige
ˈvɛs tɪdʒves·tige

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trace, vestige, tincture, shadownoun

    an indication that something has been present

    "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"; "a tincture of condescension"


  1. vestigenoun

    The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign;

  2. vestigenoun

    A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.

  3. vestigenoun

    a vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor


  1. vestige

    Vestigiality is the retention, during the process of evolution, of genetically determined structures or attributes that have lost some or all of the ancestral function in a given species. Assessment of the vestigiality must generally rely on comparison with homologous features in related species. The emergence of vestigiality occurs by normal evolutionary processes, typically by loss of function of a feature that is no longer subject to positive selection pressures when it loses its value in a changing environment. The feature may be selected against more urgently when its function becomes definitively harmful, but if the lack of the feature provides no advantage, and its presence provides no disadvantage, the feature may not be phased out by natural selection and persist across species. Examples of vestigial structures (also called degenerate, atrophied, or rudimentary organs) are the loss of functional wings in island-dwelling birds; the human vomeronasal organ; and the hindlimbs of the snake and whale.


  1. vestige

    A vestige is a trace or remnant of something that is disappearing or no longer exists. It can refer to a physical object, a practice, a belief, a condition, or a behavior that gives a clue about something from the past. Derived from Latin "vestigium" meaning footprint, it often indicates something left behind, forgotten, or vanished over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vestigenoun

    the mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign; hence, a faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains; as, the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vestige

    ves′tij, n. a track or footprint: traces or remains of something: (biol.) an organ or tissue which still survives but has lost the utility it possessed, but corresponding to a useful part in an organism of lower type.—adjs. Vesti′gial, Vesti′giary.—n. Vesti′gium (anat., biol.), a vestige. [Fr.,—L. vestigiumvestigāre, to track.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vestige in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vestige in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of vestige in a Sentence

  1. Sean Morales-Doyle:

    By passing this bill, the state assembly has sent a clear message : if you live in the community, you should be able to vote, disenfranchising people on parole is a vestige of Jim Crow and because of the racial disparities plaguing New York State's criminal justice system, it has had an enormous impact on Black and Latino New Yorkers. We look forward to the governor putting an end to it by signing this bill into law.

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