Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Equipment or furnishings.
  • n. A horse-drawn carriage with attendants.
  • n. The carriage itself.
  • n. Archaic A retinue, as of a noble or royal personage.
  • n. Archaic A set of small household articles, such as a tea service.
  • n. Archaic A collection of small articles for personal use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Equipment or supplies, especially military ones.
  • n. Military dress; uniform, armour etc.
  • n. A type of horse-drawn carriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Furniture or outfit, whether useful or ornamental; especially, the furniture and supplies of a vessel, fitting her for a voyage or for warlike purposes, or the furniture and necessaries of an army, a body of troops, or a single soldier, including whatever is necessary for efficient service; equipments; accouterments; habiliments; attire.
  • n. Retinue; train; suite.
  • n. A carriage of state or of pleasure with all that accompanies it, as horses, liveried servants, etc., a showy turn-out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with an equipage or outfit.
  • n. An outfit; provision of means or materials for carrying out a purpose; furniture for efficient service or action; an equipment: specifically applied to the outfit of a ship or an army, including supplies of all kinds for the former, and munitions of war for the latter.
  • n. Furniture; garniture; accoutrements; habiliments; dress.
  • n. Retinue, as persons, horses, carriages, etc.; a train of attendants or dependents; especially, a coach with the horses, servants, liveries, harness, etc.: as, the equipage of a prince; Lady A.'s equipage was the handsomest in the park.
  • n. A collection of little implements often carried about the person, either in an étui made for the purpose, or suspended from a chatelaine, especially in the eighteenth century.
  • n. Equality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. equipment and supplies of a military force
  • n. a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses

Etymologies

French équipage, from équiper, to equip; see equip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French equippage, from equipper. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have mentioned her mode of pronouncing the word equipage, which, together with several similar peculiarities that struck me as very odd, were borrowed from the usage of London good society in the days when she frequented it.

    Records of a Girlhood

  • Lady Delacour was immediately ambitious to outshine her in equipage; and it was this paltry ambition that made her condescend to all the meanness of the transaction by which she obtained Miss Portman's draft, and Clarence Hervey's two hundred guineas.

    Belinda

  • Mistress Betty promised to send her young friends sets of silk for their embroidery (and kept her word); she presented Prissy with her enamel snuff-box, bearing an exact representation of that ugly building of St. James's; and Fiddy with her "equipage" -- scissors, tablets, and all, chased and wreathed with tiny pastorals, shepherds reclining and piping on sylvan banks, and shepherds and shepherdesses dancing on velvet lawns.

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes

  • As if the equipage were a great firework, and the mere sight of

    Pictures from Italy

  • His equipage was a wooden telyaga drawn by two powerful horses.

    Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life

  • As if the equipage were a great firework, and the mere sight of a smoking cottage chimney had lighted it, instantly it begins to crack and splutter, as if the very devil were in it.

    Pictures from Italy

  • A little while ago her equipage was the most admired in the Bois, and great ladies condescended to copy her dress or her coiffure; but she has lost her splendour, and dismissed the rich admirer who supplied the fuel for its blaze, since she fell in love with Gustave Rameau.

    The Parisians — Volume 03

  • There is a general keeping in this gorgeous equipage, which is highly creditable to the taste of the marchioness, for the marquis, "good easy man," (though a Bruce), he is too much engaged preserving his game at Ro-er-n park, and keeping up the game in St. St.phen's (where his influence is represented by no less than eight "sound men and true"), to attend to these trifling circumstances.

    The English Spy An Original Work Characteristic, Satirical, And Humorous. Comprising Scenes And Sketches In Every Rank Of Society, Being Portraits Drawn From The Life

  • Clothing and lodging, household furniture, and what is called equipage, are the principal objects of the greater part of those wants and fancies.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

  • When they returned after completing their shopping, their "equipage" had proven to be such a curiosity that a "few thousand pedestrians" had gathered to look at it.

    Kate Kelly: Holiday Hazards You Never Thought Of

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