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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

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



Origin 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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