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accouter

[uh-koo-ter] /əˈku tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to equip or outfit, especially with military clothes, equipment, etc.
Also, especially British, accoutre.
Origin
1600-1610
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
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accouter

v.

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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