habiliment


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ha·bil·i·ment

 (hə-bĭl′ə-mənt)
n. often habiliments
Clothing, especially the clothing associated with a special occasion or office: "shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave" (Edgar Allan Poe).

[Middle English habilement, from Old French habillement, from habiller, to clothe, alteration (influenced by habit, clothing) of abiller, to prepare, strip a tree of its branches : a-, toward (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + bille, log; see billet2.]

habiliment

(həˈbɪlɪmənt)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) dress or attire
[C15: from Old French habillement, from habiller to dress, from bille log; see billet2]

ha•bil•i•ment

(həˈbɪl ə mənt)

n.
1. Usu., habiliments.
a. clothes or clothing.
b. clothes as worn in a particular profession, way of life, etc.
2. habiliments, accouterments; trappings.
[1375–1425; < Middle French habillement=habill(er), abill(ier) to trim a log, hence, dress, prepare (< Vulgar Latin *adbiliare; see a-5, billet2) + -ment -ment]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.habiliment - a covering designed to be worn on a person's bodyhabiliment - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
accessory, accouterment, accoutrement - clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
apparel, clothes, wearing apparel, dress - clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"
raiment, regalia, array - especially fine or decorative clothing
attire, garb, dress - clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion; "formal attire"; "battle dress"
beachwear - clothing to be worn at a beach
black - black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); "the widow wore black"
blue - blue clothing; "she was wearing blue"
change - a different or fresh set of clothes; "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, plain clothes - ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
consumer goods - goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
drag - clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man); "he went to the party dressed in drag"; "the waitresses looked like missionaries in drag"
footwear - clothing worn on a person's feet
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
gray, grey - clothing that is a grey color; "he was dressed in grey"
hand wear, handwear - clothing for the hands
headdress, headgear - clothing for the head
knitwear - knitted clothing
leisure wear - informal clothing designed to be worn when you are relaxing
loungewear - clothing suitable for relaxation
man's clothing - clothing that is designed for men to wear
neckpiece - an article of apparel worn about the neck
nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear - garments designed to be worn in bed
outerwear, overclothes - clothing for use outdoors
protective garment - clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
ready-to-wear - ready-made clothing; "she couldn't find anything in ready-to-wear that she liked"
slip-on - an article of clothing (garment or shoe) that is easily slipped on or off
slops - cheap clothing (as formerly issued to sailors in Britain)
street clothes - ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
tailor-made - custom-made clothing
duds, threads, togs - informal terms for clothing
uniform - clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification
vestiture - an archaic term for clothing
wardrobe - collection of clothing belonging to one person
woman's clothing - clothing that is designed for women to wear
work-clothes, work-clothing - clothing worn for doing manual labor

habiliment

noun
1. A set or style of clothing.Often used in plural:
Informal: getup, rig.
2. Articles worn to cover the body.Often used in plural:
Informal: dud (used in plural), tog (used in plural).
Slang: thread (used in plural).
References in classic literature ?
Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter lived an exceedingly retired life - saw no company - seldom went out - had little use for numerous changes of habiliment.
And now as to your natural question as to what brings me to Earth again and in this, to earthly eyes, strange habiliment.
He wore an old full-bottomed wig, the gift of some dandy old Brown whom he had valeted in the middle of last century, which habiliment Master Tom looked upon with considerable respect, not to say fear; and indeed his whole feeling towards Noah was strongly tainted with awe.
Finding my trade of no immediate benefit, I threw off my calking habiliments, and pre- pared myself to do any kind of work I could get to do.
On the next day, still bundled up in my curious habiliments, I sat counting the time, flushed and heated by the conflict of sinking hopes and rising fears within me; and waiting to be startled by the sight of the gloomy face, whose non-arrival startled me every minute.
It was the body of an old man, gorgeously arrayed in the habiliments of a rajah, wearing, as in life, a turban embroidered with pearls, a robe of tissue of silk and gold, a scarf of cashmere sewed with diamonds, and the magnificent weapons of a Hindoo prince.
Behind this figure glowed a vast fireplace alive with leaping flames; great logs of oak blazed and crackled on the polished brass andirons whose flicker shone upon the superb habiliments of the lonely tenant of the room, which was illumined grandly by twin candelabra rich with wax-lights.
But this was the way this system of abnegation was paid for: instead of wearing such mean habiliments as his paternal fortunes entitled him to, he was able to appear brilliant, superb, like a young noble of fifty thousand livres a year.
They were almost as tall, and quite as corpulent as himself; but by no means to be compared with him in grandeur of habiliments, wearing no other garb than the pan.
The carver, still in the same secrecy that marked all his operations upon this mysterious image, proceeded to paint the habiliments in their proper colors, and the countenance with Nature's red and white.
Their habiliments belonged to that order which is pointedly termed the decent.
The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.