gar·​ment | \ ˈgär-mənt How to pronounce garment (audio) \

Definition of garment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an article of clothing


garmented; garmenting; garments

Definition of garment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to clothe with or as if with a garment

Examples of garment in a Sentence

Verb a socialite who was among the most gorgeously garmented women of her time
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brands must provide third-party certifications or documentation that garment workers are paid a living wage. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 22 Apr. 2022 Southern California is home to more than 45,000 garment workers, the most in any U.S. state. Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Unlimited choice is no fashion utopia: not for consumers, not for garment workers or supply chains, and not for the planet. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 In the major garment production hubs of Delhi and Bangalore — which are also states with a high number of Covid-19 infections — absenteeism among workers is as high as 50%, according to consulting firm Wazir Advisors. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 10 May 2021 Since 2017, the founders — artists Jane Terrazas and Lise Bjorne Linnert and Human Rights activist Veronica Corchado — have utilized garment production as a means to improve conditions for women. Eliza Huber,, 28 July 2020 While its most recognizable beige, camel, and khaki coloring make the trench considered a very versatile garment, one in a different color feels just as timeless when keeping to its signature silhouette. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 24 Feb. 2022 Visionaire was launched in 1991, and the abstract equation of these three objects—magazine, garment, pattern—speaks to the growing acceptance of fashion as a realm with its own metaphysics. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2022 The men returned, and, as new garment factories opened, the women went to work. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sara Ziff, executive director of modeling advocacy group The Model Alliance, says retailers have the same obligation to models that apparel makers have to garment workers. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, 19 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of garment


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garment


Middle English, assimilated variant of garnement, borrowed from Anglo-French, "defense, clothing, item of apparel," from garnir "to equip, arm, decorate" + -ment -ment — more at garnish entry 1


derivative of garment entry 1

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7 May 2022

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“Garment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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