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Examples of raiment in a Sentence
the prince exchanged his silken raiment for the pauper's humble homespun
Recent Examples of raiment from the Web
This traditional holiday treat returns — for the 38th straight year — from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24 with Hal Landon Jr. donning his Scrooge raiment for the 38th time and John-David Keller directing, also for the 38th year.
The Young Pope, a traditionalist who, like Benedict XVI, clearly thinks the rich history of the church is reflected in its ornate raiment, really does it up in Episode 5.
The play is about history and war and catastrophe and love, domestic and otherwise, in its glittering raiments.
The group, now with a wealthy and aristocratic membership of elite Catholics who parade in ornate raiment, has more recently specialized in aiding refugees and the poor in more than 100 countries.
The cabin at 11720 W. Howard Ave. was long ago enveloped in 20th century raiment.
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Get Fancy And Define raiment
If you seek a fancy word to describe the clothes on your back, you have no shortage of colorful options. There's "apparel" and "attire," certainly, as well as "garments." "Habiliments" and "vestments" suggest clothes of a particular profession (as in "a clergyman’s vestments"), while "garb" is effective for describing clothes of a particular style (as in "traditional Scottish garb"). If slang is more your game, try "duds," "rags," or "threads." "Raiment" tends to appear mostly in classical contexts, though it pops up from time to time in contemporary English from authors looking to add a touch of formality. Raiment derives from Middle English, where it was short for "arrayment," from the verb "arrayen" ("to array").
Origin and Etymology of raiment
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsapparel, attire, clobber [British slang], clothes, costumery, dress, duds, garments, gear, habiliment (s), habit [archaic], rags, clothing, rig, rigging, threads, toggery, togs, vestiary, vestments, vesture, wear, wearables, weeds
Related Wordsgarderobe, wardrobe; array, bravery, caparison, finery, gaiety (also gayety), glad rags, pretties, regalia, trim; foofaraw, frippery, gaudery, tawdry, trumpery [archaic]; tatters; costume, ensemble, frock, garb, getup, guise, livery, outfit; civvies (also civies), mufti; couture, prêt-à-porter (or pret-a-porter), ready-to-wear, tailoring; activewear, loungewear, outerwear, playwear, sportswear; nightclothes, sleepwear, smallclothes, underclothes, underwear; haberdashery, menswear
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