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accoutre

[uh-koo-ter]
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verb (used with object), ac·cou·tred, ac·cou·tring. Chiefly British.
  1. accouter.
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accouter

[uh-koo-ter]
verb (used with object)
  1. to equip or outfit, especially with military clothes, equipment, etc.
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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
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Related Words

equipcostumeembellishoutfitdecorateattirerigarrayfurnishclothe

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Historical Examples

  • Let us exchange shields, and accoutre ourselves in Grecian suits; whether craft or courage, who will ask of an enemy?

    The Aeneid of Virgil

    Virgil

  • Dietrich then donned his armour and was assisted to accoutre himself by Hildebrand.


British Dictionary definitions for accoutre

accoutre

US accouter

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to provide with equipment or dress, esp military
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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 accoutre

accouter

v.

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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