What does vestry mean?

Definitions for vestryˈvɛs tri

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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


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. vestrye, F. vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See Vest, n., and cf. Vestiary.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vestry

    ves′tri, n. a room adjoining a church in which the vestments are kept and parochial meetings held, any small room attached to a church: in English parishes, a meeting of the ratepayers to elect parish officers, to assess church-rates, and to manage the property of the parish, the incumbent acting as chairman.—adj. Ves′tral.—ns. Ves′try-clerk, an officer chosen by the vestry who keeps the parish accounts and books; Ves′tryman, a member of a vestry.—Select vestry, a board consisting of representatives of the ratepayers, as opposed to the common vestry or assembly of all the ratepayers. [Fr.,—L. vestiariumvestiarius, belonging to clothes—vestis, a garment.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vestry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vestry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

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