American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ecclesiastical vestment or hanging.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornament; an adornment; decoration.
- n. Specifically— plural Robes of state.
- n. A cuff sewed upon the outside of a coat-sleeve and usually capable of being turned down over the hands, as was common toward the close of the seventeenth and in the early part of the eighteenth century.
- n. The external face of a wall or any other constructed work. See perpend.
- n. now historical A type of elaborate robe especially as worn by someone in power or a religious official.
- n. A liturgical hanging on and around the altar, as well as the cloth hanging from the pulpit and lectern.
- n. A hanging or ornament of a room of state.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Ornamental hangings, furniture, etc., as of a state apartment; rich and elegant robes worn by men of rank; -- chiefly in the plural.
- From Anglo-Norman parement, Middle French parement, from Late Latin paramentum, from Latin parare ("prepare") + mensam ("table"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English paramentes, ornamentation, adornments, from Old French parement, ornament, from Medieval Latin parāmentum, from parāre, to decorate, from Latin, to prepare; see pare. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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