Dalmatic definition

dăl-mătĭk
The wide-sleeved garment worn over the alb by a deacon, cardinal, bishop, or abbot at the celebration of Mass.
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A wide-sleeved garment worn by certain monarchs at their coronations.
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A loose outer garment with short, wide sleeves and open sides, worn by a deacon, or by a cardinal, bishop, or abbot.
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A similar robe worn by an English king at his coronation.
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A long wide-sleeved tunic, which serves as a liturgical vestment in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches and is worn by a deacon at the Eucharist or Mass and, although infrequently, by bishops as an undergarment above the alb.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dalmatic
Plural:
dalmatics

Origin of dalmatic

  • Middle English dalmatik from Old French dalmatique from Medieval Latin dalmatica (vestis) Dalmatian (garment) (originally made of white wool from Dalmatia) from Latin dalmaticus , of Dalmatia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dalmatique, from Latin, derived ultimately from the name of the province of Dalmatia.

    From Wiktionary