In*ves"ti*ture (?; 135), n. [LL. investitura: cf. F. investiture.]

1. 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.

He had refused to yield up to the pope the investiture of bishops.
Sir W. Raleigh.

2. (Feudal Law) Livery of seizin.

The grant of land or a feud was perfected by the ceremony of corporal investiture, or open delivery of possession.

3. That with which anyone is invested or clothed; investment; clothing; covering.

While we yet have on
Our gross investiture of mortal weeds.