[ gahr-muhnt ]
/ ˈgɑr mənt /


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

verb (used with object)

to clothe, dress, or cover.

Nearby words

  1. garland, hamlin,
  2. garland, judy,
  3. garlic,
  4. garlic mustard,
  5. garlicky,
  6. garment bag,
  7. garment district,
  8. garmisch-partenkirchen,
  9. garneau,
  10. garneau, françois xavier

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

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British Dictionary definitions for garment


/ (ˈɡɑːmənt) /


(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).

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