any article of clothing: dresses, suits, and other garments.
an outer covering or outward appearance.

verb (used with object)

to clothe, dress, or cover.

Origin of garment

1300–50; Middle English garnement < Old French garniment, equivalent to garni(r) to garnish + -ment -ment
Related formsgar·ment·less, adjectivere·gar·ment, verb (used with object)un·gar·ment·ed, adjectivewell-gar·ment·ed, adjective

Synonyms for garment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for garment

Contemporary Examples of garment

Historical Examples of garment

  • The edge of the garment was curiously wrought with golden palm leaves.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The garment is tubular and unprovided with hinges at the points of flexion.

  • But they were like spinners for some Power that said of life, as of a garment, Thus it must be.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • The meanings are in those forms already, else they could be no garment of unveiling.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Simple truth was its crown, and grace was the garment of it.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for garment



(often plural) an article of clothing
outer covering


(tr; usually passive) to cover or clothe
Derived Formsgarmentless, adjective

Word Origin for garment

C14: from Old French garniment, from garnir to equip; see garnish
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Word Origin and History for garment

c.1400, variant of garnement (early 14c.), from Old French garnement "garment, attire, clothes," from garnir "fit out, provide, adorn" (see garnish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper