habiliment


ha·bil·i·ment

noun \hə-ˈbi-lə-mənt\

Definition of HABILIMENT

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