accoutrement


ac·cou·tre·ment

noun \ə-ˈkü-trə-mənt, -ˈkü-tər-mənt\

: a piece of clothing or equipment that is used in a particular place or for a particular activity

Full Definition of ACCOUTREMENT

1
a :  equipment, trappings; specifically :  a soldier's outfit usually not including clothes and weapons —usually used in plural
b :  an accessory item of clothing or equipment —usually used in plural
2
archaic :  the act of accoutring
3
:  an identifying and often superficial characteristic or device —usually used in plural <accoutrements of power that define our diplomacy — Elizabeth Drew>

Variants of ACCOUTREMENT

ac·cou·tre·ment or ac·cou·ter·ment \ə-ˈkü-trə-mənt, -ˈkü-tər-mənt\

Examples of ACCOUTREMENT

  1. <this vacuum cleaner has all of the accoutrements for cleaning furniture as well as floors>
  2. <has all the accoutrements that the home pastry chef could ever want>

First Known Use of ACCOUTREMENT

1549

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