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accoutre

verb ac·cou·tre \ə-ˈkü-tər\

Definition of accoutre

ac·cou·tred or ac·cou·teredac·cou·tring or ac·cou·ter·ingplay \-ˈkü-tə-riŋ, -ˈkü-triŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide with equipment or furnishings :  outfit



Examples of accoutre

  1. <hikers accoutred with walking sticks, water bottles, trail maps, and compasses>



Variants of accoutre

or ac·cou·ter play \ə-ˈkü-tər\

Origin of accoutre

French accoutrer, from Middle French acoustrer, from a- + costure seam, from Vulgar Latin *consutura — more at couture


First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of accoutre

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function <a sparsely furnished apartment>. equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use <a fully equipped kitchen>. outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation <outfitted the family for a ski trip>. appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings <a lavishly appointed apartment>. accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity <fully accoutred members of a polar expedition>.

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