Definition of vest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vest//
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  1. 1(British English) (North American English undershirt) a piece of underwear worn under a shirt, etc. next to the skin a cotton vest compare singlet See related entries: Clothes
  2. 2a special piece of clothing that covers the upper part of the body a bullet-proof vest a running vest See related entries: Clothes
  3. 3(North American English) (British English waistcoat) a short piece of clothing with buttons down the front but no sleeves, usually worn over a shirt and under a jacket, often forming part of a man’s suit See related entries: Clothes
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): from Old French vestu ‘clothed’, past participle of vestir, from Latin vestire; the noun (early 17th cent., denoting a loose outer garment) from French veste, via Italian from Latin vestis ‘garment’.Extra examples What are you doing, standing there in your vest? standing there in vest and shorts He is smartly dressed in a suit complete with vest, tie and polished Gucci loafers. wearing jeans and a leather vest
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