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[rey-muh nt] /ˈreɪ mənt/
clothing; apparel; attire.
Origin of raiment
1350-1400; Middle English rayment, aphetic variant of arrayment. See array, -ment Unabridged
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  • But there are many more wearable versions with a suitably vintage air to dress up holiday raiment.
  • Prizes will also be given to riders and horses decked out in noteworthy raiment.
  • In this striking raiment she goes to her husband's room, expecting voluble admiration from him.
  • First came a squadron of cavaliers in gorgeous raiment, mounted on superb chargers.
  • They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
  • He put raiment on its limbs, and jewels on its fingers, and a necklace about its neck.
  • Houses are only intended to defend us from the weather, and raiment to cover our nakedness.
  • Dressing a takings claim in the raiment of a due process violation does not serve to evade the exhaustion requirement.
  • To be dressed means to be attired in raiment of refinement.
British Dictionary definitions for raiment


(archaic or poetic) attire; clothing; garments
Word Origin
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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