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Definition a remaining trace (little bit of something) that was previously abundant
  • The House of Lords is a vestige of the British system of aristocracy.
vestige = remaining trace
  • She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
  • vestige = trace
  • A penguin's wings are a vestige of their flying ancestor's wings.
  • vestige = remaining trace
  • French territories and overseas departments exist as vestiges of the colonial empire.
  • vestiges = remaining traces
  • The garden, with its golden apples (oranges), is gone now—no vestige of it remains.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.
    William James
  • The mention of Levin's name seemed to deprive Kitty of the last vestige of self-control.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • With the last vestige of consciousness she jerked her mind and body.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • vestige = trace or remaining bit (of something)
  • Every vestige of winter was gone from the valley.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • vestige = last trace (or last little remaining bit)
  • Just like that, every vestige of imagined stability ... has come unraveled.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • vestige = remaining trace
  • ...most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied or vestigial sexual organs.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • vestigial = an unused trace indicative of something once used
  • this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • vestiges = traces
  • I only ask so that I can focus my thoughts on the group and perhaps pick up any vestiges of a possible Imprint among them.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • vestiges = remaining traces
  • All vestige of gracious living! Gone completely!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • vestige = trace (little that remained from a time when there was more)
  • And Charley, who still had vestiges of his Chicago grooming, waded in the water and became his old dirty self again.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • vestiges = remaining traces of something that was previously there
  • But I saw no vestige of my white figures.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • vestige = remaining trace
  • ... a darkness sucking any last vestiges of hope from his heart.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • vestiges = traces
  • Not a vestige of it was to be seen.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • vestige = a trace of something
  • The anatomical illusion that had seemed so real slowly disappeared and—like so much we no longer need but can't give up—became vestigial.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • vestigial = a trace of something that was previously there
  • All vestiges of the feudal system with its oppression of the poor were abolished.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
vestiges = traces of something that was previously there

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