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Definition gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
  • It takes a moment for Lev to recognize him—mainly because he's not wearing his modest pastor's vestments.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Monsieur Bournisien, in full vestments, was singing in a shrill voice.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The Demon wore robes of simple white, but it seemed as though every atom of the Demon's form and vestments radiated light.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • To Amory it was a haunting grief to see him lying in his coffin, with closed hands upon his purple vestments.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He folded his vestments, put away the hymn-books, and closed the great Bible.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Over his other vestments, he wore a white satin chasuble with a golden cross on the front and back.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Certain agents I found to have the power to shake and to pluck back that fleshly vestment, even as a wind might toss the curtains of a pavilion.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Adorning her altars, vestments, spires, and Scripture was the singular image of Christianity—that of a precious, sacrificed human being.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • With fleeces, with vestments, I have tried to cover the blue-black blade.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • He had a special passion, also, for ecclesiastical vestments, as indeed he had for everything connected with the service of the Church.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • On top of each tomb, in full papal vestments, lay life-sized semblances of each Pope, shown in death, arms folded across their chests.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I stole the wine-stained cloth in the sacristy while the priest was taking his vestments off.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • His head with olive crown'd, his hand a censer bears, His hoary beard and holy vestments bring His lost idea back: I know the Roman king.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Chingachgook, or the Serpent, eyed the vestments with strong disgust; but he saw the usefulness of the disguise, if not its absolute necessity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It was the Reverend Strick, walking in his vestments toward my parents.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He smelled of aftershave and the mothball smell of the closet at the church where he hung his vestments.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • In Salinas, Olive had experienced niceties of living, the choir and vestments, Altar Guild, and bean suppers of the Episcopal church.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • D'Artagnan, however, could only see enough to recognize the form of her vestments, not enough to distinguish her features.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Have someone bring in my saddle-bags, and I will put on my vestments.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop

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