Definition of accoutrement
1a : equipment, trappings; specifically : a soldier's outfit usually not including clothes and weapons —usually used in pluralb : an accessory item of clothing or equipment —usually used in plural Shops offering the physical accoutrements of polite manners—lace, gloves, linen underclothing, snuff, and gentleman's powdered wigs … — Arthur Herman
2 : an identifying and often superficial characteristic or device —usually used in plural … some of the other accouterments of power that define our diplomacy. — Elizabeth Drew
3 archaic : the act of accoutring
Examples of accoutrement in a Sentence
this vacuum cleaner has all of the accoutrements for cleaning furniture as well as floors
has all the accoutrements that the home pastry chef could ever want
Recent Examples of accoutrement from the Web
There are also a variety of different accoutrements: vests, pocket squares, pocket watches, custom hats.
The building was a Tut’s tomb of ritual accoutrements.
The A1 tablet will run Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread), feature both front and back-facing cameras, Wi-Fi connectivity and all of the typical tablet accoutrements.
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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."
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