- Rom. Myth. the goddess of the hearth, identified with the Greek Hestia
- [v-]Historical, Brit. a short wooden or wax match
Origin of VestaL, probably akin to Classical Greek Hestia, literally , hearth
- Roman Mythology The goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing the sacred fire tended by the vestal virgins.
- The brightest of the asteroids and the second most massive object in the asteroid belt after the dwarf planet Ceres.
Origin of VestaLatin; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots.
- a short match, made of wood or wax
From Latin Vesta, related to Ancient Greek á¼‘ÏƒÏ„Î¯Î± (hestia, “to dwell") and á¼™ÏƒÏ„Î¯Î± (Hestia, “Hestia"), all from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wes-; see also Old High German and Old English wesan (“to be"), Gothic wisan (wisan), Sanskrit à¤µà¤¸à¤¤à¤¿ (“abide dwell").
Vesta itself came to mean chaste, pure, or virgin, based from this goddess.