1. An article of clothing covering the person; an outer garment; a vestment; a dress; a vesture; a robe.
In state attended by her maiden train,
Who bore the vests that holy rites require. --Dryden.
2. Any outer covering; array; garb.
Not seldom clothed in radiant vest
Deceitfully goes forth the morn. --Wordsworth.
3. Specifically, a waistcoat, or sleeveless body garment, for men, worn under the coat.
Syn: -- Garment; vesture; dress; robe; vestment; waistcoat.
Usage: -- Vest, Waistcoat. In England, the original word waistcoat is generally used for the body garment worn over the shirt and immediately under the coat. In the United States this garment is commonly called a vest, and the waistcoat is often improperly given to an under-garment.
Vest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vested; p. pr. & vb. n. Vesting.]
1. To clothe with, or as with, a vestment, or garment; to dress; to robe; to cover, surround, or encompass closely.
Came vested all in white, pure as her mind. --Milton.
With ether vested, and a purple sky. --Dryden.
2. To clothe with authority, power, or the like; to put in possession; to invest; to furnish; to endow; -- followed by with before the thing conferred; as, to vest a court with power to try cases of life and death.
Had I been vested with the monarch's power. --Prior.
3. To place or give into the possession or discretion of some person or authority; to commit to another; -- with in before the possessor; as, the power of life and death is vested in the king, or in the courts.
Empire and dominion was [were] vested in him. --Locke.
4. To invest; to put; as, to vest money in goods, land, or houses. [R.]
5. Law To clothe with possession; as, to vest a person with an estate; also, to give a person an immediate fixed right of present or future enjoyment of; as, an estate is vested in possession.
Vest v. i. To come or descend; to be fixed; to take effect, as a title or right; -- followed by in; as, upon the death of the ancestor, the estate, or the right to the estate, vests in the heir at law.
n 1: a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat [syn: waistcoat]
2: a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the
body [syn: singlet, undershirt]
v 1: provide with power and authority; "They vested the council
with special rights" [syn: invest, enthrone] [ant: divest]
2: place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a
person or group of persons; "She vested her vast fortune
in her two sons"
3: become legally vested; "The property vests in the trustees"
4: clothe oneself in ecclesiastical garments
5: clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes [syn: robe]