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[uh-koo-ter] /əˈku tər/
verb (used with object), accoutred, accoutring. Chiefly British.


[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
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Examples from the Web for accoutred
Historical Examples
  • For I presume that it is to the wars that ye are riding, since ye are all so armed and accoutred.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • So accoutred, the youth's next thought was, that he must supply himself with a bow.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Those already on the ground are similarly armed, and accoutred.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Thus armed and accoutred, he presented the appearance of a miniature Ranger.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • Nlbs also came, brought an accoutred horse and did obeisance.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • To have no other arms but swords, and to be accoutred for drawing the guns.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • Therefore we have need to be armed and accoutred at every point.

  • His lordship was accoutred amazingly, after the fashion of the English horseman.

  • At dawn of day, marshalled and accoutred, they marched for Hochelaga.

  • It was Nell, accoutred as a youth; and a bold play truly she was making.

    Mistress Nell George C. Hazelton, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for accoutred


(transitive; usually passive) to provide with equipment or dress, esp military
Word Origin
C16: from Old French accoustrer to equip with clothing, ultimately related to Latin consuere to sew together
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Word Origin and History for accoutred



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.

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