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[uh-koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-] /əˈku tər mənt, -trə-/
personal clothing, accessories, etc.
the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier.
Also, especially British, accoutrement.
1540-50; < Middle French accou(s)trement. See accouter, -ment Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for accoutrements
  • He wins laughs with such apparently archaic accoutrements as a ventriloquist's dummy and a ukulele.
  • They will report on board in working suits, carrying their arms and accoutrements.
  • Most action figures come with tiny accoutrements that are almost certain to get lost.
  • Local priests have as their patrons, for the buildings and the accoutrements of a costly church, the local thief.
  • The way in which the producer reminds one of the accoutrements needed in the old days for traveling by auto is humorous.
  • Chicken kebab was equally tempting, with similar accoutrements.
  • Agents do not require the accoutrements of personality: human names, the ability to crack a bad joke, zany habits.
  • But all the energy and social-media accoutrements didn't seem to achieve a whole lot.
  • The dish maintained its popularity, particularly in blue-collar homes, but dropped the outlandish accoutrements.
  • For many couples, the bulk of their wedding budget is spent on the reception and other accoutrements.
Word Origin and History for accoutrements
1540s, from M.Fr. accoustrement (Mod.Fr. accoutrement), from accoustrer, probably from O.Fr. acostrer "arrange," originally "sew up," from *consutura "a sewing," from L. consutus, pp. of consuere "to sew together," from con- + suere "to sew" (see suture).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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