American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An accessory item of equipment or dress. Often used in the plural.
- n. Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons. Often used in the plural.
- n. Outward forms of recognition; trappings: cathedral ceilings, heated swimming pools, and other accoutrements signaling great wealth.
- n. Archaic The act of accoutering.
- n. The act of accoutering.
- n. An article of clothing or equipment, in particular when used as an accessory.
- n. apparatus needed for a task or journey.
- n. military Equipment other than weapons and uniform.
- n. trappings.
- n. An identifying yet superficial characteristic.
- n. clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
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