verb (used with object)

to equip or outfit, especially with military clothes, equipment, etc.

Also especially British, ac·cou·tre.

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 formsun·ac·cou·tered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accoutered

Historical Examples of accoutered

  • Without a moment's hesitation, accoutered as he was, he plunged in.


    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

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