A vest is a sleeveless piece of clothing that's usually worn over a shirt. Your dad might love to wear his favorite striped sweater vest to parties, which is less embarrassing than when he wears the orange furry one.

There are different kinds of vests, including sweater vests, puffy winter vests, and tailored suit vests, usually worn underneath a formal jacket. Some vests have buttons, and others have zippers or snaps. Some are even bullet proof! When vest is a verb, it means to grant or bestow: "The Queen vests control of the zoos to the Royal Zookeeper." Both meanings of vest come from the same root word, the Latin vestire, "to clothe."

Definitions of vest

n a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat

bulletproof vest
a vest capable of resisting the impact of a bullet
Type of:
an article of clothing

n a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body

singlet, undershirt
Type of:
undergarment, unmentionable
a garment worn under other garments

v provide with power and authority

“They vested the council with special rights”
enthrone, invest
disinvest, divest
deprive of status or authority
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consecrate, ordain, order, ordinate
appoint to a clerical posts
coronate, crown
invest with regal power; enthrone
enthrone, throne
put a monarch on the throne
invest with ministerial or priestly authority
Type of:
instal, install
put into an office or a position

v place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons

“She vested her vast fortune in her two sons”
Type of:
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v become legally vested

“The property vests in the trustees”
Type of:
change hands, change owners
be transferred to another owner

v clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments

clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
Type of:
dress, dress up
dress in a certain manner

v clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes

Type of:
apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
provide with clothes or put clothes on

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