• A loose robe or outer garment worn historically by men in Arab or Middle Eastern countries.
  • A sleeveless garment that buttons down the front, worn over a shirt, and often as part of a suit; a waistcoat.
  • A sleeveless garment, often with a low-cut neck, usually worn under a shirt or blouse.
  • A sleeveless top, typically with identifying colours or logos, worn by an athlete or member of a sports team.
  • Any sleeveless outer garment, often for a purpose such as identification, safety, or storage.
  • A vestment.
  • Clothing generally; array; garb.


  • To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.
  • To clothe with authority, power, etc.; to put in possession; to invest; to furnish; to endow; followed by with and the thing conferred.
  • To place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; with in before the possessor.
  • To invest; to put.
  • To clothe with possession; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of.
  • (of an inheritance or a trust fund) To devolve upon the person currently entitled when a prior interest has ended.
  • To become vested, to become permanent.


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  • safety vest, scrimmage vest, fishing vest


  • From French veste, from Latin vestis, from Proto-Indo-European *wes-ti(h₂)-, from *wes- (English wear). Cognate with Sanskrit वस्त्र and Spanish vestir.

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