investiture investiture  /ɪn ˈvɛ stə tʃər/


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


  1. At the state reception which followed there were those who looked upon their King reproachfully, recalling words which he uttered as a boy of 16 at his investiture:.
  2. The rite of investiture with the gold and purple Garter was neatly performed next day by the Duke of Gloucester, just below the well-turned knee of the Son of Heaven.
  3. Less welcome, however, is what he received on the eve of his investiture: a report effectively designating Bulgaria the most corrupt and crime-ridden member of the European Union.



  1. "The act itself has not yet taken place, and I'm not quite clear what that act is," Stewart said. "But what is, I think, called the investiture will happen during the spring. What has happened is that all of the new year's honourees have been...
    on Jan 14, 2010 By: Patrick Stewart Source: Toronto Sun

  2. "When I heard the national anthem, at the start of the investiture, it brought tears to my eyes, because it brought back memories of standing on the rostrum in Athens," Holmes said.
    on Mar 9, 2005 By: Kelly Holmes Source: Jamaica Observer

  3. "At Dr. Keenum's request, we have scaled back investiture events in recognition of the economic realities our university and state face," said Amy Tuck, investiture committee chair.
    on Oct 13, 2009 By: Amy Tuck Source: The Commercial Dispatch

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