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[rey-muh nt] /ˈreɪ mənt/
clothing; apparel; attire.
Origin of raiment
1350-1400; Middle English rayment, aphetic variant of arrayment. See array, -ment Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for raiment
Historical Examples
  • Dick would be content if she went about in raiment made of dusters and bath towels.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Every rag of raiment that man has on he stole from my husband's wardrobe at the Hall.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • St Matthew says, "His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light."

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • Then in a cabinet I superintended Cousin Egbert's change of raiment.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • She had a doll, its raiment in about the same condition as her own, tucked under one arm.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It seemed an idle tale to say that any one could be lacking bread and raiment.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • And now the hill-side and valley began to put on the raiment of a new year.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • In clawin' together said raiment, Nellie, that'll give you some impression of size.'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Take this brave fellow up there and find him a change of raiment.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "In the scantiness of your raiment, Citoyenne," he answered acidly.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for raiment


(archaic or poetic) attire; clothing; garments
Word Origin
C15: shortened from arrayment, from Old French areement; see array
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Word Origin and History for raiment

c.1400, "clothing, vesture" (archaic), shortening of arayment "clothing" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French araiement, from Old French areement, from areer "to array" (see array (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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