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Accoutrement

[ə-ˈkü-trə-mənt]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle French, 16th century

1.

Items or equipment to be used for a certain activity

2.

An accessory for a piece of clothing or equipment

3.

An identifying but superficial trait

Examples of Accoutrement in a sentence

"His jacket was adorned with the accoutrements of a decorated war hero."

"Camping is fun, but I always seem to forget some required accoutrement."

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About Accoutrement

Accoutrement shares linguistic French ancestry with one of English's most popular French carryovers: couture. Both accoutrements and couture fashion can adorn our bodies.

Did you Know?

We owe the French for accoutrement, which comes from an Old French word that means "arrange or sew." That's something you'd likely do with your accoutrement.

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