[uh-koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-]


personal clothing, accessories, etc.
the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier.

Also especially British, ac·cou·tre·ment.

Origin of accouterment

From the Middle French word accou(s)trement, dating back to 1540–50. See accouter, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accoutrement

Contemporary Examples of accoutrement

Historical Examples of accoutrement

  • The accoutrement lay by the chair its owner had been lounging in.

  • The men-at-arms sank to their knees with a rattle and ring of accoutrement.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • The accoutrement (ala) presumably was the addition of fittings.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • Besides, his horse and accoutrement were not one half so good as mine.

    Tales of Our Coast

    S. R. Crockett

  • That the accoutrement is so arranged that it will not rattle or glisten in the sunlight.

    The Plattsburg Manual

    O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

British Dictionary definitions for accoutrement


US accouterment (əˈkuːtərmənt)


equipment worn by soldiers in addition to their clothing and weapons
(usually plural) clothing, equipment, etc; trappingsthe correct accoutrements for any form of sport
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