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

Definitions of accoutrement word

  • countable noun accoutrement Accoutrements are all the things you have with you when you travel or when you take part in a particular activity. 3
  • noun accoutrement equipment worn by soldiers in addition to their clothing and weapons 3
  • noun accoutrement clothing, equipment, etc; trappings 3
  • noun accoutrement personal clothing, accessories, etc. 1
  • noun accoutrement the equipment, excluding weapons and clothing, of a soldier. 1
  • noun accoutrement Additional items of dress or equipment, or other items carried or worn by a person or used for a particular activity. 1

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Origin of accoutrement

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 Accoutrement


accoutrement 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.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accoutrement

noun accoutrement

  • 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.
  • means — to have in mind as one's purpose or intention; intend: I meant to compliment you on your work. Synonyms: contemplate.
  • appliance — An appliance is a device or machine in your home that you use to do a job such as cleaning or cooking. Appliances are often electrical.
  • mechanism — an assembly of moving parts performing a complete functional motion, often being part of a large machine; linkage.
  • machine — an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work: a sewing machine.

Antonyms for accoutrement

noun accoutrement

  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • reduction — the act of reducing or the state of being reduced.
  • lessening — to become less.
  • subtraction — an act or instance of subtracting.
  • alienation — a turning away; estrangement

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