Pronunciation: (ves'tu),[key] —n. 1. the ancient Roman goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing an altar on which a sacred fire was kept burning by the vestal virgins: identified with the Greek Hestia.
2. Astron.the third largest and one of the four brightest asteroids.
3. (l.c.) Brit.a short friction match with a wood or wax shank.
4. a female given name.