from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white ceremonial vestment made of linen or lawn, worn by bishops and other church dignitaries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A linen garment resembling the surplise, but with narrower sleeves, also without sleeves, worn by bishops, and by some other ecclesiastical dignitaries, in certain religious ceremonies.
- n. A frock or outer garment worn in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
- n. The red gurnard, or gurnet. See gurnard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a short cloak worn by men of all degrees, also by women (in this case frequently a white linen outer garment).
- n. Eccles., a close-fitting vestment of linen or lawn, worn by bishops and some others.
- n. Hence, a bishop: also used attributively.
- n. A mantelet worn by the peers of England during ceremonies.
- n. A kind of fish, the roach or piper gurnard.
- To invest with a rochet.
The name rochet (from the medieval roccus) was scarcely in use before the thirteenth century.
Lateran Congregation is a white woolen cassock with a linen rochet, which is worn as an essential part of the daily dress.
Cardinal Sigismondo Gonzaga, a very beautiful kneeling figure, robed in the habit of a Cardinal, with the rochet, which is also a portrait from life; and in front of that Cardinal is a portrait of Signora Leonora, the daughter of the same Marquis, who was then a girl, and afterwards became Duchess of Urbino.
Then the two deacons assistants to the throne, who are wearing rochet instead of the albs, and no maniples.
If a bishop, I think a rochet might be more likely.
Fight for the bishops, says a priest, with his gown and rochet — Stand stout for the Kirk, cries a minister, in a
But it was long ere these scandalous and immoral sports could be abrogated; — the rude multitude continued attached to their favourite pastimes, and, both in England and Scotland, the mitre of the Catholic — the rochet of the reformed bishop — and the cloak and band of the Calvinistic divine — were, in turn, compelled to give place to those jocular personages, the Pope of
He sits on a tasseled throne and wears vestments consisting of a diaphanous white rochet and red skullcap: he is Francesco della Rovere, Pope Sixtus IV.
As surpluis and rochet, and suche linnen garmentes: shauen crownes, tourninges at the altare, our masse solempnities, our organes, our knielinges, crouchinges, praiers, and other of that kinde.
It is the likeness of a pope, answered Pantagruel; I know it by the triple crown, his furred amice, his rochet, and his slipper.