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habiliment

[huh-bil-uh-muh nt] /həˈbɪl ə mənt/
noun
1.
Usually, habiliments.
  1. clothes or clothing.
  2. clothes as worn in a particular profession, way of life, etc.
2.
habiliments, accouterments or trappings.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Related forms
habilimental
[huh-bil-uh-men-tl] /həˌbɪl əˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
habilimentary, adjective
habilimented, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for habilimental

habiliment

/həˈbɪlɪmənt/
noun
1.
(often pl) dress or attire
Word Origin
C15: from Old French habillement, from habiller to dress, from bille log; see billet²
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Word Origin and History for habilimental

habiliment

n.

often habiliments, early 15c., "munitions, weapons," from Middle French habillement, from abiller "prepare or fit out," probably from habile "fit, suitable" (see able). Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Klein] makes the French verb originally mean "reduce a tree by stripping off the branches," from a- "to" + bille "stick of wood." Sense of "clothing, dress" developed late 15c., by association with habit (n.).

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