habiliment

habiliment

[huh-bil-uh-muhnt]
noun
1.
Usually, habiliments.
a.
clothes or clothing.
b.
clothes as worn in a particular profession, way of life, etc.
2.
habiliments, accouterments or trappings.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (h)abylement < Middle French habillement, equivalent to habill(er), abill(ier) to trim a log, hence, dress, prepare (< Vulgar Latin *adbiliare; see a-5, billet2) + -ment -ment

habilimental [huh-bil-uh-men-tl] , habilimentary, adjective
habilimented, adjective
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habiliment (həˈbɪlɪmənt)
 
n
(often plural) dress or attire
 
[C15: from Old French habillement, from habiller to dress, from bille log; see billet²]

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habiliment
1422, "munitions, weapons," from M.Fr. habillement, from abiller "prepare or fit out," probably from habile "fit, suitable" (see able). Alternative etymology makes the M.Fr. verb originally mean "reduce a tree by stripping off the branches," from a- "to" + bille "stick of
wood." Sense of "clothing, dress" developed 1470, by association with habit (q.v.).
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