from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office.
  • n. An adornment or cover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of investing, as with possession or power; formal bestowal or presentation of a possessory or prescriptive right.
  • n. That which invests or clothes; covering; vestment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or ceremony of investing, or the state of being invested, as with an office; a giving possession; also, the right of so investing.
  • n. Livery of seizin.
  • n. That with which anyone is invested or clothed; investment; clothing; covering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of investing, as with possession or power; formal bestowal or presentation of a possessory or prescriptive right, as to a fief or to the rights and possessions pertaining to an ecclesiastical dignity: opposed to divestiture.
  • n. That which invests or clothes; covering; vestment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ceremony of installing a new monarch
  • n. the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank


Middle English, from Medieval Latin investītūra, from Latin investīre, to clothe; see invest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Lálitáditya received investiture from the Chinese Emperor.

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  • A couple of months ago, when the newspaper publisher Conrad Black became a member of Britain’s House of Lords, his induction was called an investiture as well as an ennoblement.

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  • The rite used in the investiture was the symbol of a real power claimed by the English kings, and now at last abandoned.

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  • Chapters two to six inclusive set forth the manner of life and regulation of conduct proper to the members of the three upper castes, who have been initiated into the Brahmin religion by the sin-removing ceremony known as the investiture with the sacred cord.

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  • In the mean time they pass for the mandatories of the popular sovereign, with full power in all directions, because he has delegated his omnipotence to them, and the sole power, because their investiture is the most recent; under this sanction, they stalk around somewhat like supernumeraries at the Opera, dressed in purple and gold, representing

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  • "First, the investiture is an opportunity to once again thank Prudential for its generous support of what we believe to be two very important undertakings," said Dean Shafer.

  • Second, the investiture is an occasion to honor an accomplished a scholar, a devoted mentor, and a courageous educator with a long and illustrious career dedicated to addressing issues of social justice.

  • Before bishops took possession of their dignities, they had formerly been accustomed to pass through two ceremonies: they received from the hands of the sovereign a ring and crosier, as symbols of their office; and this was called their investiture: they also made those submissions to the prince which were required of vassals by the rites of the feudal law, and which received the name of homage.

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