[ rey-muh nt ]
/ ˈreɪ mənt /


clothing; apparel; attire.

Origin of raiment

1350–1400; Middle English rayment, aphetic variant of arrayment. See array, -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for raiment


/ (ˈreɪmənt) /


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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