from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See parament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as parament. Chaucer.
- n. [OF.] A long and flowing form of the military surcoat.
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Another invaluable source on how a noble lady got ready to face the world is the poem by Olivier de la Marche (who died in 1501), "Le parement et le triomphe des dames d'honneur" (The adornment and triumph of courtly ladies).
He rode himself within a spear's-length of his standard, clad from neck to foot in steel, but draped in the long linen gown or parement which was destined to be the cause of his death.
"A platform had been erected at Saint-Lazare, on which was a throne (du Tillet calls it a/chair de parement/).
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