The definition of a vestige is a small amount of something or the last remaining part of something that no longer exists.
An example of vestige is the last tiny spot of peanut butter in an empty jar.
- a trace, mark, or sign of something that once existed but has passed away or disappeared: vestiges of the ancient wall
- a trace; bit: not a vestige of hope left
- Biol. a degenerate, atrophied, or rudimentary organ or part, more fully developed or functional in an earlier stage of development of the individual or speciesalso ves·tig′ium
Origin of vestigeFrench from Classical Latin vestigium, footprint
- A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more: a building that is the area's last vestige of its colonial era.
- Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part that was fully developed or functioning in a preceding generation or an earlier stage of development.
Origin of vestigeFrench from Old French from Latin vestīgium
- The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign;
- A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.
- the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra
- vestiges of former population
- (biology) a vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor