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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.]

habiliments

clothing, especially for professional, ceremonial, or other special purposes.
See also: Clothing
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habiliments

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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.
In another moment I stood garbed in the habiliments of a Holy Thern.
Within lay the body, robed in costly habiliments covered with gold embroidery and starred with scintillating gems.
Bananas with their great ragged leaves, like the tattered habiliments of an empress in adversity, grew close up to the house.