from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long sleeveless vestment worn over the alb by a priest during services.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The outermost liturgical vestment worn by clergy for celebrating Eucharist or Mass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The outer vestment worn by the priest in saying Mass, consisting, in the Roman Catholic Church, of a broad, flat, back piece, and a narrower front piece, the two connected over the shoulders only. The back has usually a large cross, the front an upright bar or pillar, designed to be emblematical of Christ's sufferings. In the Greek Church the chasuble is a large round mantle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., a sleeveless vestment, originally circular in outline, but in medieval and modern use of an elliptical shape, or modified from this so as to be nearly rectangular, and provided with an aperture in the center through which to pass the head.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long sleeveless vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass
French, from Old French, from Late Latin casubla, hooded garment, from *casupula, diminutive of casa, house.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French chesible, from late Latin casubla, an alteration of Latin casula ("little cottage, hooded cloak"), a diminutive of casa ("house"). (Wiktionary)