Metropolitan vestry, in the city of London, and certain specified parishes and places in England, a body composed of householders who pay poor rates. Its duties include the repair of churches, care of highways, the appointment of certain officers, etc.Select vestry, a select number of persons chosen in large and populous English parishes to represent and manage the concerns of the parish for one year. Mozley & W.Vestry board(Ch. of Eng.), a vestry. See def. 2, above.Vestry clerk, an officer chosen by the vestry, who keeps a record of its proceedings; also, in England, one who keeps the parish accounts and books.Vestry meeting, the meeting of a vestry or vestry board; also, a meeting of a parish held in a vestry or other place.

(Ves"try*man) n.; pl. Vestrymen A member of a vestry; especially (Prot. Epis. Ch.), a member other than a warden. See Vestry.

(Ves"ture) n. [OF. vesture, vesteure, F. vêture, LL. vestitura, from L. vestire to clothe, dress. See Vest, v. t., and cf. Vestiture.]

1. A garment or garments; a robe; clothing; dress; apparel; vestment; covering; envelope. Piers Plowman.

Approach, and kiss her sacred vesture's hem.

Rocks, precipices, and gulfs, appareled with a vesture of plants.

There polished chests embroidered vestures graced.

2. (O. Eng. Law) (a) The corn, grass, underwood, stubble, etc., with which land was covered; as, the vesture of an acre. (b) Seizin; possession.

(Ves"tured) a. Covered with vesture or garments; clothed; enveloped.

We be vestured with poor cloth.
Ld. Berners.

(Ve*su"vi*an) a. [Cf. F. Vésuvien, It. Vesuviano.] Of or pertaining to Vesuvius, a volcano near Naples.

(Ve*su"vi*an), n. [G. vesuvian. See Vesuvian, a.] (Min.) Vesuvianite.

(Ve*su"vi*an*ite) n. (Min.) A mineral occurring in tetragonal crystals, and also massive, of a brown to green color, rarely sulphur yellow and blue. It is a silicate of alumina and lime with some iron magnesia, and is common at Vesuvius. Also called idocrase.

(Ve*su"vine) n. A trade name for a brown dyestuff obtained from certain basic azo compounds of benzene; — called also Bismarck brown, Manchester brown, etc.

1. 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.

He said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.
2 Kings x. 22.

2. (Ch. of Eng.) A parochial assembly; an assembly of persons who manage parochial affairs; — so called because usually held in a vestry.

3. (Prot. Epis. Ch.) A body, composed of wardens and vestrymen, chosen annually by a parish to manage its temporal concerns.

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