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

  • n. An ecclesiastical vestment or hanging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ornamental hangings, furniture, etc., as of a state apartment; rich and elegant robes worn by men of rank; -- chiefly in the plural.

from The 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.


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)
From Anglo-Norman parement, Middle French parement, from Late Latin paramentum, from Latin parare ("prepare") + mensam ("table"). (Wiktionary)



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