American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. For an army, camp equipage consists of tents, utensils, and everything necessary for encampment, and field equipage consists of military apparatus, means of transport, and all requisites for march or action.
- 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. They consisted of tweezers, a toothpick, an earpick, nail-cleaner, bodkin, and often knife and scissors, and sometimes even the private seal.
- To furnish with an equipage or outfit.
- n. Equality.
- n. uncountable Equipment or supplies, especially military ones.
- n. obsolete Military dress; uniform, armour etc.
- n. A type of horse-drawn carriage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. equipment and supplies of a military force
- n. a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
- From Middle French equippage, from equipper. (Wiktionary)
- French équipage, from équiper, to equip; see equip. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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“His equipage was a wooden telyaga drawn by two powerful horses.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Clothing and lodging, household furniture, and what is called equipage, are the principal objects of the greater part of those wants and fancies.”
“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.”
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