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The cassock is a vestment that has two applications:
- The cassock is part of the clerical garb worn by priests and seminarians. It is usually black.
- The cassock is a vestment worn by altarboys. It is usually black, but in some applications can also be red or white.
Cas"sock, n. Etym: [F. casaque, fr. It. casacca, perh. fr. L. casa cottage, in It., house; or of Slavic origin.]
1. A long outer garment formerly worn by men and women, as well as by soldiers as part of their uniform.
Defn: A garment resembling a long frock coat worn by the clergy of certain churches when officiating, and by others as the usually outer garment.