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[huh-bil-uh-muh nt]
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  1. Usually habiliments.
    1. clothes or clothing.
    2. clothes as worn in a particular profession, way of life, etc.
  2. habiliments, accouterments or trappings.
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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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Related Words for habiliment

gown, garb, attire, apparel, dress, trappings, clothes

Examples from the Web for habiliment

Historical Examples of habiliment

  • I might here—if it so pleased me—dilate upon the matter of habiliment, and other mere circumstances of the external metaphysician.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

  • An habiliment of the stage designed to reinforce the general acclamation of the press agent with a particular publicity.

  • And in habiliment, movement, air, with what telling force it impersonated sorrow!

  • Others assign the habiliment to a Welshman, but give no authority for the assumption.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • At an earlier period the armor of complete steel was the habiliment of the knight.

British Dictionary definitions for habiliment


  1. (often plural) dress or attire
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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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