Definitions

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

  • n. An ecclesiastical vestment or hanging.

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  • 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.

Etymologies

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

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.

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

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