Meaning of dalmatic in English:


Pronunciation /dalˈmatɪk/


  • A wide-sleeved long, loose vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops, and by monarchs at their coronation.

    ‘During the middle ages decoration reached a height unrivalled since and dalmatics were heavily adorned.’
    • ‘Today he may omit the dalmatic for a good reason, and many bishops have dispensed with it as unnecessary.’
    • ‘Notice, too, the Cardinal Deacons in their dalmatics and simple mitres, flanking the Pope.’
    • ‘Several vestments are also available as chasubles, dalmatics, copes, humeral veils and palls, as indicated.’
    • ‘In many places the medieval dalmatic has given way to a full-length white or off-white tunic which is simple and functional.’
    vestment, surplice, cassock, rochet, alb, dalmatic, chasuble


Late Middle English from Old French dalmatique or late Latin dalmatica, from dalmatica (vestis) ‘(robe) of (white) Dalmatian wool’, from Dalmaticus ‘of Dalmatia’.