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impedimenta

[im-ped-uh-men-tuh]
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plural noun
  1. baggage or other things that retard one's progress, as supplies carried by an army: the impedimenta of the weekend skier.
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Origin of impedimenta

1590–1600; < Latin, plural of impedīmentum impediment
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Related Words

equipmentjunkgearbaggageobstruction

Examples from the Web for impedimenta

Historical Examples

  • The roads were encumbered with the impedimenta of two armies.

    The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.)

    Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell

  • The bench was to do duty for washstand and the impedimenta thereto.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

  • Impedimenta, advice as to, 4-6;all essentials procurable at Hong Kong, 4.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • When I turned to leave I found my limbs clogged with impedimenta.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The fields are filled with tents, with horses, with all the impedimenta of an army.

    They Shall Not Pass

    Frank H. Simonds


British Dictionary definitions for impedimenta

impedimenta

pl n
  1. the baggage and equipment carried by an army
  2. any objects or circumstances that impede progress
  3. a plural of impediment (def. 3)
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Word Origin

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

n.

"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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