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accoutrement

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

Simple Definition of accoutrement

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accoutrement

  1. 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. 2 archaic :  the act of accoutring

  3. 3 :  an identifying and often superficial characteristic or device —usually used in plural <accoutrements of power that define our diplomacy — Elizabeth Drew>

Examples of accoutrement in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

Accoutrement and its relative "accoutre," a verb meaning "to provide with equipment or furnishings" or "to outfit," have been appearing in English texts since the 16th century. Today both words have variant spellings - "accouterment" and "accouter." Their French ancestor, accoutrer, descends from an Old French word meaning "seam" and ultimately traces to the Latin word consuere, meaning "to sew together." You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that "consuere" is also an ancestor of couture, meaning "the business of designing fashionable custom-made women's clothing."

1549

First Known Use of accoutrement

1549

Variants of accoutrement

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accouterment

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