meaning of cassock

cassock meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "long free gown," from center French casaque "long coating" (16c.), probably ultimately from Turkish quzzak "nomad, adventurer," (the source of Cossack), from their typical riding-coat. Or simply from Arabic kazagand, from Persian kazhagand "padded coating," from kazh "raw silk" + agand "stuffed." Chiefly a soldier's cloak 16c.-17c.; ecclesiastical use is from 1660s.

cassock meaning in General Dictionary

a black garment achieving right down to the legs; donned by priests or choristers

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  • an extended exterior apparel formerly donned by men and women, as well as by troops as part of their uniform.
  • A garment resembling a lengthy frock coat worn by the clergy of certain churches when officiating, by other individuals as the usually outer apparel.

Sentence Examples with the word cassock

AUGUSTINIAN CANONS, a religious order in the Roman Catholic Church, called also Austin Canons, Canons Regular, and in England Black Canons, because their cassock and mantle were black, though they wore a white surplice: elsewhere the colour of the habit varied considerably.

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