plural noun

im·​ped·​i·​men·​ta (ˌ)im-ˌpe-də-ˈmen-tə How to pronounce impedimenta (audio)
: things that impede

Examples of impedimenta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Confronted with streaming, onrushing impedimenta, even the most stolid passengers collapse into beyond-the-pale-of-reason seizures of fright. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 21 Feb. 2023 Astor Place had the impedimenta landlords left on the sidewalk after old tenants died. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Latin, plural of impedimentum impediment, from impedire

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of impedimenta was in 1600

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“Impedimenta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
im·​ped·​i·​men·​ta (ˌ)im-ˌped-ə-ˈment-ə How to pronounce impedimenta (audio)
: things (as baggage or equipment) that keep one from moving freely

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