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[out-fit] /ˈaʊtˌfɪt/
an assemblage of articles that equip a person for a particular task, role, trade, etc.:
an explorer's outfit.
a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble:
a new spring outfit.
a set of articles for any purpose:
a cooking outfit.
a group associated in an undertaking requiring close cooperation, as a military unit.
a business firm engaged in a particular form of commercial enterprise:
a construction outfit.
any company, party, or set.
the act of fitting out or equipping for any purpose, as for a voyage, journey, or expedition.
mental, physical, or moral equipment.
verb (used with object), outfitted, outfitting.
to furnish with an outfit, equipment, etc.; fit out; equip:
to outfit an expedition to the South Pole.
Nautical. to finish equipping (a vessel) at a dock.
verb (used without object), outfitted, outfitting.
to furnish oneself with an outfit.
Origin of outfit
1755-65; out- + fit1
Related forms
outfitter, noun
preoutfit, verb (used with object), preoutfitted, preoutfitting.
reoutfit, verb (used with object), reoutfitted, reoutfitting.
1, 3. kit. 9. appoint, supply, rig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A sleeping-bag, which can be easily made, or purchased at any outfitter's, will prove invaluable to campers.

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams
  • A full-fledged master, outfitter, owner of a boat—my own boat!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • In the transfer of the bills from the outfitter to the agent who settles them, the agent adds twenty per cent.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • If your outfitter does not know of it, tell him it is made at San José, California.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • The profits of the Whale Fishery belong, almost entirely, to the outfitter.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • An outfitter supplied the horses for a rental which I have forgotten.

  • My calm regard forbade the gentleman's outfitter to smile, even in the back of his head.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • These northern waters Gray called Derby Sound, after the outfitter.

    Vikings of the Pacific Agnes C. Laut
  • She did her shopping in her unhurried, careful way, and went on to the outfitter who made John's corduroy trousers.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
British Dictionary definitions for outfitter


noun (mainly Brit)
a shop that sells men's clothes
a person who provides outfits


a set of articles or equipment for a particular task, occupation, etc
a set of clothes, esp a carefully selected one
(informal) any group or association regarded as a cohesive unit, such as a military company, business house, etc
the act of fitting out
(Canadian) (formerly) the annual shipment of trading goods and supplies sent by a fur company to its trading posts
verb -fits, -fitting, -fitted
to furnish or be furnished with an outfit, equipment, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outfitter



1769, "act of fitting out (a ship, etc.) for an expedition," from out + fit (v.). Sense of "articles and equipment required for an expedition" first attested 1787, American English; meaning "a person's clothes" is first recorded 1852; sense of "group of people" is from 1883.


1840, from outfit (n.). Related: Outfitted; outfitting; outfitter.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for outfitter



  1. A company or group working together: that outfit I used to work for
  2. A set of clothing; also, a set of items or things for a task or job: outfit looks good on you/ the outfit you need for the dig
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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