Vestry meaning

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A committee of members elected to administer the temporal affairs of a parish.
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A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and the sacred vessels are kept; sacristy.
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A room in or attached to a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these robes and other sacred objects are stored; a sacristy.
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A room in a church used for meetings and classes.
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A business meeting of parishioners in a parish.
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A room in a church or church building for prayer meetings, Sunday school, etc.
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(anglican ch., episcopal ch.) A group of church members who manage the temporal affairs of the church.
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A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments and where these are stored; also used for meetings and classes; a sacristy.

The choirboys change into their cassocks in the vestry.

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The vestry meets on the first Tuesday of every month.

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An assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; so called because usually held in a vestry.
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Origin of vestry

  • Middle English vestrie probably from Anglo-Norman vesterie alteration of Old French vestiarie vestiary

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