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Meaning of VESTRY

Pronunciation:  'vestree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
  2. [n]  in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church

VESTRY is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: sacristy
 See Also: church, church building, commission, committee, room, vestryman, vestrywoman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ves"try\, n.; pl. {Vestries}. [OE. vestrye, F.
vestiaire, L. vestiarium, fr. vestiarius belonging to
clothes, fr. vestis a garment. See {Vest}, n., and cf.
1. 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.

         He said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring
         forth vestments for all the worshipers of Baal. --2
                                               Kings x. 22.

2. (Ch. of Eng.) A parochial assembly; an assembly of persons
   who manage parochial affairs; -- so called because usually
   held in a vestry.

3. (Prot. Epis. Ch.) A body, composed of wardens and
   vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its
   temporal concerns.

{Metropolitan vestry}, in the city of London, and certain
   specified parishes and places in England, a body composed
   of householders who pay poor rates. Its duties include the
   repair of churches, care of highways, the appointment of
   certain officers, etc.

{Select vestry}, a select number of persons chosen in large
   and populous English parishes to represent and manage the
   concerns of the parish for one year. --Mozley & W.

{Vestry board} (Ch. of Eng.), a vestry. See def. 2, above.

{Vestry clerk}, an officer chosen by the vestry, who keeps a
   record of its proceedings; also, in England, one who keeps
   the parish accounts and books.

{Vestry meeting}, the meeting of a vestry or vestry board;
   also, a meeting of a parish held in a vestry or other