Origin of cassockFrench casaque; probably from Turkish qazaq, nomad, adventurer (from source Russian kozak, Cossack); in allusion to their usual riding coat
a long, closefitting vestment, generally black, worn as an outer garment or under the surplice by members of the clergy, choristers, etc.
An ankle-length garment with a close-fitting waist and sleeves, worn by the clergy and others assisting in church services.
Origin of cassockFrench casaque long military coat from Middle French probably originally meaning “Cossack coat” and ultimately ( probably via Old Russian kozakŭ free man, Cossack ) of Turkic origin akin to Tatar qazaq free man, adventurer and Kazakh qazaq Kazakh ; see Kazakh .
From Middle French casaque (“cloak”).
- - Anglican Priest in Cassock, Surplice, and Narrow Black Scarf.
- The custom of wearing the cassock under the vestments is traceable in England to about the year 1400.
- But the parlement soon became disgusted with its alliesthe princes and nobles, who bad only drawn their swords in order to beg more effectively with arms in their hands; and the Parisian mob, whose fanaticism had been aroused by Paul de Gondi, a warlike ecclesiastic, a Catiline in a cassock, who preached the gospel at the daggers point.
- When he came to himself, a man of clerical appearance with a tuft of gray hair at the back of his head and wearing a shabby blue cassock--probably a church clerk and chanter--was holding him under the arm with one hand while warding off the pressure of the crowd with the other.
- The cassock, which must always be worn under the vestments, is not itself a liturgical garment.