plural noun

baggage or other things that retard one's progress, as supplies carried by an army: the impedimenta of the weekend skier.

Origin of impedimenta

1590–1600; < Latin, plural of impedīmentum impediment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for impedimenta

equipment, junk, gear, baggage, obstruction

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British Dictionary definitions for impedimenta


pl n

the baggage and equipment carried by an army
any objects or circumstances that impede progress

Word Origin for impedimenta

C16: from Latin, plural of impedīmentum hindrance; see impede
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Word Origin and History for impedimenta

"traveling equipment," c.1600, from Latin impedimenta "luggage, baggage," literally "that by which one is impeded;" plural of impedimentum (see impediment).

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