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habiliment

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noun ha·bil·i·ment \hə-ˈbi-lə-mənt\

Definition of habiliment

  1. 1 plural :  characteristic apparatus :  trappings <the habiliments of civilization — W. P. Webb>

  2. 2 a :  the dress characteristic of an occupation or occasion —usually used in plural b :  clothes —usually used in plural



Examples of habiliment in a sentence

  1. <the lady's rich habiliments and haughty manner made the host's servants think she was someone important>



Did You Know?

Habiliment, from Middle French abillement, is a bit old-fashioned and is often used to describe complex, multi-pieced outfits like those of medieval times. For instance, a full suit of armor-which might include a helmet, gorget, pallette, brassard, skirt of tasses, tuille, gauntlet, cuisse, jambeau, and solleret, along with other pieces and plates-can be considered the habiliments of a knight. Nowadays, "habiliment," which is usually used in its plural form, is also fitting for the dress of an occupation, such as the different vestments of a priest, or for clothes, such as elegant formal wear, worn on special occasions. When "habiliment" is used for plain old "clothes," it is more than likely for jocular or poetic effect.

Origin and Etymology of habiliment

Middle English abiliments, habilementes, from Middle French abillement, habillemens, from Old French abiller to prepare, equip, from bille trimmed wood, log — more at billet


First Known Use: 15th century



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