[rey-muh nt]


clothing; apparel; attire.

Origin of raiment

1350–1400; Middle English rayment, aphetic variant of arrayment. See array, -ment
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Related Words for raiment

apparel, array, clothing, clothes, garb, attire, duds, dress

Examples from the Web for raiment

Historical Examples of raiment

  • Dick would be content if she went about in raiment made of dusters and bath towels.


    William J. Locke

  • Every rag of raiment that man has on he stole from my husband's wardrobe at the Hall.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • St Matthew says, "His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light."

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

  • Then in a cabinet I superintended Cousin Egbert's change of raiment.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She had a doll, its raiment in about the same condition as her own, tucked under one arm.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for raiment



archaic, or poetic attire; clothing; garments

Word Origin for raiment

C15: shortened from arrayment, from Old French areement; see array
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Word Origin and History for raiment

c.1400, "clothing, vesture" (archaic), shortening of arayment "clothing" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French araiement, from Old French areement, from areer "to array" (see array (v.)).

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