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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-]
    • /əˈku tər mənt, -trə-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-koo-ter-muh nt, -truh-]
    • /əˈku tər mənt, -trə-/

Definitions of accouterment word

  • noun accouterment an accoutering or being accoutered 3
  • noun accouterment personal outfit; clothes; apparel 3
  • noun accouterment furnishings; trappings; equipment; specif., a soldier's equipment except clothes and weapons 3
  • noun accouterment personal clothing, accessories, etc. 1
  • noun accouterment the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier. 1
  • noun accouterment The act of accoutering. 1

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Origin of accouterment

First appearance:

before 1540
One of the 30% oldest English words
From the Middle French word accou(s)trement, dating back to 1540-50. See accouter, -ment

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Parts of speech for Accouterment


accouterment popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

accouterment usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accouterment

noun accouterment

  • trappings — articles of equipment or dress, especially of an ornamental character.
  • accessory — Accessories are items of equipment that are not usually essential, but which can be used with or added to something else in order to make it more efficient, useful, or decorative.
  • gear — Machinery. a part, as a disk, wheel, or section of a shaft, having cut teeth of such form, size, and spacing that they mesh with teeth in another part to transmit or receive force and motion. an assembly of such parts. one of several possible arrangements of such parts in a mechanism, as an automobile transmission, for affording different relations of torque and speed between the driving and the driven machinery, or for permitting the driven machinery to run in either direction: first gear; reverse gear. a mechanism or group of parts performing one function or serving one purpose in a complex machine: steering gear.
  • apparatus — The apparatus of an organization or system is its structure and method of operation.
  • paraphernalia — (sometimes used with a singular verb) equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity: a skier's paraphernalia.

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