Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To outfit and equip, as for military duty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To dress, equip, or furnish; specifically, array in a military dress; put on or furnish with accoutrements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To furnish with dress, or equipment, especially those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array.

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

  • verb provide with military equipment

Etymologies

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

[French accoutrer, from Old French acoustrer, arrange, equip : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + coustrer, sew; see couture.]

Examples

  • The trouble is that this alternative tradition plays into the hands of the witch doctor, the shaman, the faith healer—all those practitioners who, in place of the reassuring diploma, potted plant, and receptionist, accoutre themselves with ethnic arcana, nonspecific aromas, and hypnotic auras, which serve to mystify the personage of said practitioner even more than the already enigmatic illness.

    BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES

  • The trouble is that this alternative tradition plays into the hands of the witch doctor, the shaman, the faith healer—all those practitioners who, in place of the reassuring diploma, potted plant, and receptionist, accoutre themselves with ethnic arcana, nonspecific aromas, and hypnotic auras, which serve to mystify the personage of said practitioner even more than the already enigmatic illness.

    BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES

  • Today is St. Patrick's Day — you know, that day when you accoutre yourself with assorted green items raided from the local Poundland or EuroSt.re and imbibe vast quantities of a black alcoholic beverage with lots of froth on top.

    A Time for 'Paddywhackery'

  • Today is St. Patrick's Day — you know, that day when you accoutre yourself with assorted green items raided from the local Poundland or EuroSt.re and imbibe vast quantities of a black alcoholic beverage with lots of froth on top.

    A Time for 'Paddywhackery'

  • Today is St. Patrick's Day — you know, that day when you accoutre yourself with assorted green items raided from the local Poundland or EuroSt.re and imbibe vast quantities of a black alcoholic beverage with lots of froth on top.

    A Time for 'Paddywhackery'

  • General Murat, to surround Your Majesty's sacred person, and order them to accoutre themselves in the most shining and splendid manner possible.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • General Murat, to surround Your Majesty's sacred person, and order them to accoutre themselves in the most shining and splendid manner possible.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • “Now put these heroes’ swords into their hands, ” she commanded, “and accoutre them in their mail.

    Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

  • Dietrich then donned his armour and was assisted to accoutre himself by

    Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine

  • Thereupon McNamara roused the commanding officer at the post and requested him to accoutre a troop and have them ready to march at daylight, then bestirred the

    The Spoilers

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