[ huh-bil-uh-muh nt ]
/ həˈbɪl ə mənt /


Usually habiliments.
  1. clothes or clothing.
  2. clothes as worn in a particular profession, way of life, etc.
habiliments, accouterments or trappings.

Origin of habiliment

1375–1425; late Middle English (h)abylement < Middle French habillement, equivalent to habill(er), abill(ier) to trim a log, hence, dress, prepare (< Vulgar Latin *adbiliare; see a-5, billet2) + -ment -ment
Related formsha·bil·i·men·tal [huh-bil-uh-men-tl] /həˌbɪl əˈmɛn tl/, ha·bil·i·men·ta·ry, adjectiveha·bil·i·ment·ed, adjective
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/ (həˈbɪlɪmənt) /


(often plural) dress or attire

Word Origin for habiliment

C15: from Old French habillement, from habiller to dress, from bille log; see billet ²
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Word Origin and History for habiliment



often habiliments, early 15c., "munitions, weapons," from Middle French habillement, from abiller "prepare or fit out," probably from habile "fit, suitable" (see able). Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Klein] makes the French verb originally mean "reduce a tree by stripping off the branches," from a- "to" + bille "stick of wood." Sense of "clothing, dress" developed late 15c., by association with habit (n.).

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