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  1. an assemblage of articles that equip a person for a particular task, role, trade, etc.: an explorer's outfit.
  2. a set of usually matching or harmonious garments and accessories worn together; coordinated costume; ensemble: a new spring outfit.
  3. a set of articles for any purpose: a cooking outfit.
  4. a group associated in an undertaking requiring close cooperation, as a military unit.
  5. a business firm engaged in a particular form of commercial enterprise: a construction outfit.
  6. any company, party, or set.
  7. the act of fitting out or equipping for any purpose, as for a voyage, journey, or expedition.
  8. mental, physical, or moral equipment.
verb (used with object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
  1. to furnish with an outfit, equipment, etc.; fit out; equip: to outfit an expedition to the South Pole.
  2. Nautical. to finish equipping (a vessel) at a dock.
verb (used without object), out·fit·ted, out·fit·ting.
  1. to furnish oneself with an outfit.

Origin of outfit

First recorded in 1755–65; out- + fit1
Related formsout·fit·ter, nounpre·out·fit, verb (used with object), pre·out·fit·ted, pre·out·fit·ting.re·out·fit, verb (used with object), re·out·fit·ted, re·out·fit·ting.

Synonyms for outfit

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1, 3. kit. 9. appoint, supply, rig.
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Related Words for outfitter

tailor, couturier, costumer, seamstress, clothier

Examples from the Web for outfitter

Contemporary Examples of outfitter

  • One outfitter found a camp in timber—a Nichols camp, with a fresh three-rock campfire.

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    The Ballad of Johnny France

    Richard Ben Cramer

    January 12, 2014

Historical Examples of outfitter

  • A full-fledged master, outfitter, owner of a boat—my own boat!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The profits of the Whale Fishery belong, almost entirely, to the outfitter.

    The Sea

    Jules Michelet

  • If your outfitter does not know of it, tell him it is made at San José, California.

    Camp and Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • An outfitter supplied the horses for a rental which I have forgotten.

  • These northern waters Gray called Derby Sound, after the outfitter.

British Dictionary definitions for outfitter


noun mainly British
  1. a shop that sells men's clothes
  2. a person who provides outfits


  1. a set of articles or equipment for a particular task, occupation, etc
  2. a set of clothes, esp a carefully selected one
  3. informal any group or association regarded as a cohesive unit, such as a military company, business house, etc
  4. the act of fitting out
  5. Canadian (formerly) the annual shipment of trading goods and supplies sent by a fur company to its trading posts
verb -fits, -fitting or -fitted
  1. to furnish or be furnished with an outfit, equipment, etc
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Word Origin and History for outfitter



1840, from outfit (n.). Related: Outfitted; outfitting; outfitter.



1769, "act of fitting out (a ship, etc.) for an expedition," from out + fit (v.). Sense of "articles and equipment required for an expedition" first attested 1787, American English; meaning "a person's clothes" is first recorded 1852; sense of "group of people" is from 1883.

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