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[uh-koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-] /əˈku tər mənt, -trə-/
personal clothing, accessories, etc.
the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier.
Also, especially British, accoutrement.
Origin of accouterment
From the Middle French word accou(s)trement, dating back to 1540-50. See accouter, -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The intruder took his gun and accoutrements and without a word walked away up the mountain through the timber land.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • He stared at them, fascinated by the jingling and clattering of their accoutrements.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The prisoners were brought on the ground, stripped of their uniforms and accoutrements, and put in irons.

    India Under British Rule James Talboys Wheeler
  • For himself there was nothing but to drop after his accoutrements.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • I found the Pole burnishing his accoutrements, and singing, in French most barbarously broken, the burden of a chanson boire.

  • They did not inspect our water-skins, arms, and accoutrements for nothing to-day.

    The Dash for Khartoum George Alfred Henty
  • G, they forged ahead slowly, gradually cultivating a liking for a gun and accoutrements.

    Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
Word Origin and History for accoutrements

1540s, from Middle French accoustrement (Modern French accoutrement), from accoustrer probably from Old French acostrer "arrange," originally "sew up" (see accouter)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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