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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: veste, from Latin vestis 'piece of clothing'

vest

1 noun
     
vest
vest1 [countable]
1 British English a piece of underwear without sleeves that you wear on the top half of your body [= undershirt American English]
2 a piece of special clothing without sleeves that you wear over your clothes to protect your body:
a bulletproof vest
3 American English a piece of clothing without sleeves and with buttons down the front that you wear as part of a suit [= waistcoat British English]
4 a sweater without sleeves

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