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[uh-koo-ter] /əˈku tər/
verb (used with object), accoutred, accoutring. Chiefly British.


[uh-koo-ter] /əˈku tər/
verb (used with object)
to equip or outfit, especially with military clothes, equipment, etc.
Also, especially British, accoutre.
Origin of accouter
1600-10; earlier accou(s)tre < French accoutrer, Old French acou(s)trer to arrange, accommodate, equip, perhaps < Vulgar Latin *accō(n)s(ū)tūrāre to sew together, mend (see ac-, couture), though loss of 2nd -ū- is unexplained
Related forms
unaccoutered, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Dietrich then donned his armour and was assisted to accoutre himself by Hildebrand.

  • Let us exchange shields, and accoutre ourselves in Grecian suits; whether craft or courage, who will ask of an enemy?

British Dictionary definitions for accoutre


(transitive; usually passive) to provide with equipment or dress, esp military
Word Origin
C16: from Old French accoustrer to equip with clothing, ultimately related to Latin consuere to sew together
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Word Origin and History for accoutre



also accoutre, 1590s, from French acoutrer, earlier acostrer (13c.) "arrange, dispose, put on (clothing)," originally "sew up," from Vulgar Latin accosturare "to sew together, sew up," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + *consutura "a sewing together," from Latin consutus, past participle of consuere "to sew together," from con- (see com-) + suere "to sew" (see suture). Related: Accoutered; accoutred; accoutering; accoutring.

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