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accoutre

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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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Examples from the Web for accoutred

Historical Examples

  • For I presume that it is to the wars that ye are riding, since ye are all so armed and accoutred.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So accoutred, the youth's next thought was, that he must supply himself with a bow.

    Burlesques

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Those already on the ground are similarly armed, and accoutred.

    The Death Shot

    Mayne Reid

  • Thus armed and accoutred, he presented the appearance of a miniature Ranger.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Nlbs also came, brought an accoutred horse and did obeisance.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for accoutred

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 accoutred

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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