Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday April 11, 2001
raiment \RAY-ment\ , noun:
Clothing in general; garments; -- usually singular in form, with a collective sense.
People want "habitations for shelter and safety, and raiment for warmth and decency."
-- Richard A. Epstein, Principles for a Free Society
Agog with expectation, Stella opened her package and found not the golden raiment of a queen or a princess, but the drab uniform of a cook. She wept for the rest of the day.
-- William Weaver, "Almost Irresistible Stella", New York Times, March 4, 1984
A man in his Sunday raiment, lemon-yellow gloves even, was visible inside the window.
-- H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
Raiment is from Middle English rayment, short for arrayment, from arrayen, "to array."