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Apr 25, 2017
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sybaritic
dalmatic
sardine
frieze
pierian

dalmatic
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dalmatic

PRONUNCIATION:
(dal-MAT-ik)

MEANING:
noun: A loose, wide-sleeved outer garment worn by some monarchs at their coronations and by deacons, bishops, etc. in some churches.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French dalmatique, from Latin dalmatica vestis (Dalmatian garment) since these garments were originally made of Dalmatian wool. Dalmatia is a region along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. That’s also where Dalmatian dogs got their name from. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“He loved to kneel down on the cold marble pavement and watch the priest, in his stiff flowered dalmatic.”
Oscar Wilde; The Picture of Dorian Gray; 1891.

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