Definition of dalmatic in English:

dalmatic

Pronunciation /dalˈmadik/ /dælˈmædɪk/

noun

  • A wide-sleeved, long, loose vestment open at the sides, worn by deacons and bishops, and by some 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

Origin

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