in·ves·ti·ture /ɪnˈvɛstəˌʧʊr, ʧɚ/
1. The act or ceremony of investing, or the state of being invested, as with an office; a giving possession; also, the right of so investing.
He had refused to yield up to the pope the investiture of bishops. --Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Feudal Law Livery of seizin.
The grant of land or a feud was perfected by the ceremony of corporal investiture, or open delivery of possession. --Blackstone.
3. That with which anyone is invested or clothed; investment; clothing; covering.
While we yet have on
Our gross investiture of mortal weeds. --Trench.
n 1: the ceremony of installing a new monarch [syn: coronation,
enthronement, enthronization, enthronisation]
2: the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an
office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or
rank [syn: investment]