Investiture is what happens when a government official, a judge, or a head of state is formally put into office or promoted to a higher rank. The investiture of a king or queen involves an elaborate, lengthy ceremony.

The noun investiture is good for describing the process of naming a judge or a church bishop, for example, to office. Investitures tend to include ritual ceremony and the symbolic transfer of a position from one person to the next. In the U.S., Supreme Court justices are invested with the position — which literally means "clothed in the official robes of office." Both words stem from the Latin investire, "clothe in" or "cover."

Definitions of investiture

n the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank

Type of:
the act of raising in rank or position

n the ceremony of installing a new monarch

coronation, enthronement, enthronisation, enthronization
Type of:
induction, initiation, installation
a formal entry into an organization or position or office

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