Definitions of vestry

  1. a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held
  2. in the Protestant Episcopal Church: a committee elected by the congregation to work with the churchwardens in managing the temporal affairs of the church
  3. A body, composed of wardens and vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its temporal concerns.
  4. A room appendant to a church, in which sacerdotal vestments and sacred utensils are sometimes kept, and where meetings for worship or parish business are held; a sacristy; - formerly called revestiary.
  5. A parochial assembly; an assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; - so called because usually held in a vestry.
  6. A room in a church where the clergy put on their vestments or robes; also, in some Protestant churches, a room or building attached to a church, and used as a chapel, Sunday- school room, etc.; in the Protestant Episcopal Church, a body of men who direct or govern the affairs of a parish.
  7. In the R. C. and Episcopal Churches, a room adjoining a church, in which the vestments are kept and parochial meetings held: in the Episcopal Church, an assembly of the managers of parochial affairs.
  8. Room attached to a church, in which the vestments are kept; body of managers of parochial affairs.
  9. A room where vestments are kept.
  10. A body administering the affairs of the parish.
  11. A room appendant to a church, in which the clerical vestments and sacred utensils are kept; a parochial assembly for conducting the affairs of a parish, so called because its meetings were formerly held in the vestry.
  12. A room or apartment attached to a church in which the ecclesiastical vestments are kept and parochial meetings held; a committee elected annually in a parish to manage its temporal affairs in conjunction with the churchwardens; a select vestry, a smaller body deputed to represent the larger one.

Usage examples for vestry

  1. An odd thing happened to me in the church, where at the vestry I had just signed my name as other visitors did. – My Life as an Author by Martin Farquhar Tupper
  2. Seven of the vestry? – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  3. " We entered by the vestry door," said Jo. – The Right of Way, Volume 3. by Gilbert Parker
  4. In the vestry they signed their names with tremendous effort, holding the pen as if it were a prop. – Jonah by Louis Stone
  5. Together they went into the tiny vestry and she was told to sign her name in a big book, which the bald- headed parson held open before her. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  6. Well, you see, sir, they didn't get into my chutch: only into vestry. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  7. On this summer Sunday morning, when he went into the vestry for that purpose, he found Dr. Lavendar just hanging up his black gown behind the door. – The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland
  8. At the top of the street he descended hastily, and, as the bell jerked out its final note, hurried toward the vestry with a depressed and gloomy face. – The New Rector by Stanley J. Weyman
  9. A vestry of twenty- pound freeholders and twenty- shilling cesspayers was to be called in each parish to consider the table. – Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry by Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston
  10. It is said that on one occasion when there happened to be a party the same night as our " Thursday evening meeting," he was accosted by a friend as he was going into the vestry with the inquiry, " Are you not to be tempted by the social delights of the evening?" – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  11. Take your wife down to the vestry. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  12. There's a vestry meeting Thursday. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  13. In Municipal, School Board, Vestry, and other local elections, the League will, as it finds itself strong enough, run candidates of its own, and by placing trustworthy Socialists on local representative bodies it will endeavour to secure the recognition of the Socialist principle in all the details of local government." – The History of the Fabian Society by Edward R. Pease
  14. There won't be no need for me to watch the vestry to- night." – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  15. What, about the vestry meeting- to tell me Dr North was ill? – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  16. Sometimes I used to clamber over the tomb of the Lords Dacre, which rises like a screen against one side of the vestry, and be stricken with vague terrors by the two grim white figures lying upon it in the silent desolation, in which the scamper of a rat across the floor seemed to make a noise like a whirlwind. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  17. That a local preacher should go direct from the vestry to the gin- palace and there drink ale with a strolling player! – The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories by Arnold Bennett