Meaning of vestiary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɛstɪəri/


  • Relating to clothes or dress.

    ‘But when we consider the recent popular comeback of the military look worn by people on the street in recent years, the same appropriation of vestiary sloganeering is in effect.’
    • ‘Unlike the other girls, whose only vestiary accommodation to the day's activities has been to sweep their hair out of the way with butterfly barrettes, Calloway sports a blue Derek Jeter jersey and her hair is done up in careful rows of tight braids that won't come down right after practice.’
    • ‘She often worked with non-rigid materials such as this, and in 1964 she initiated ‘vestiary’ sculpture, designed to be worn by the spectator.’
    • ‘If memory serves me well, Can't Buy Me Love was always top of the playlist on Radio Luxembourg in 1964 and, as I grew older, I donned the Beatles’ trademark vestiaries of a black polo neck sweater and, of course, those Beatle boots.’

nounplural noun vestiaries

  • A room or building in a monastery or other large establishment in which clothes are kept.

    ‘Hannover's attempts at halving the score would be for naught and the home side would go into the vestiaries down 2-0.’
    • ‘The size of the vestiary indicates the bath was more than a source of physical well-being but also a center of social interaction.’
    • ‘These baths contain the three classical sections of the Roman bath: the vestiary where patrons changed clothing before their bath and rested afterwards, and three rooms for cold, warm and hot water.’
    • ‘The benefit of using the services and treats of the vestiary and the changing rooms is fixed in all the types of membership.’


Middle English (denoting a vestry): from Old French vestiarie, from Latin vestiarium (see vestry).