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[uh-koo-ter] /əˈku tər/
verb (used with object)
to equip or outfit, especially with military clothes, equipment, etc.
Also, especially British, accoutre.
Origin of accouter
1600-10; earlier accou(s)tre < French accoutrer, Old French acou(s)trer to arrange, accommodate, equip, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *accō(n)s(ū)tūrāre to sew together, mend (see ac-, couture), though loss of 2nd -ū- is unexplained
Related forms
unaccoutered, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Without a moment's hesitation, accoutered as he was, he plunged in.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Their aspect when accoutered for work is given in the frontispiece.

  • It must be the devil himself to recognize me, accoutered as I am.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Some of the allied armies were as gaudily, if not so richly, accoutered as their adversary.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • Also they had to be accoutered in their dress uniforms, which were issued about this time.

    On Guard

    Upton Sinclair
  • He was accoutered for the real work of war, not its spectacular effects.

  • A man who appeared thus dressed and accoutered would either be a master or a joke in a community like Medora.

  • Pillow's force was six or eight thousand strong, and the best armed and accoutered of all the western Confederate commands.

  • She had no intention of lingering in camp, she said, accoutered solely with a hand bag!

    Diane of the Green Van

    Leona Dalrymple
Word Origin and History for accoutered



also accoutre, 1590s, from French acoutrer, earlier acostrer (13c.) "arrange, dispose, put on (clothing)," originally "sew up," from Vulgar Latin accosturare "to sew together, sew up," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + *consutura "a sewing together," from Latin consutus, past participle of consuere "to sew together," from con- (see com-) + suere "to sew" (see suture). Related: Accoutered; accoutred; accoutering; accoutring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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