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

  • n. Clothing; garments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Clothing, garments, dress, material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Clothing in general; vesture; garments; -- usually singular in form, with a collective sense.
  • n. An article of dress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That in which one is arrayed or clad; clothing; vesture; formerly sometimes, in the plural, garments.
  • n. Synonyms Clothes, dress, attire, habiliments, garb, costume, array. These words are all in current use, while raiment and vesture have a poetic or antique sound.

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

  • n. especially fine or decorative clothing
  • v. provide with clothes or put clothes on


Middle English, short for araiment, from Old French areement, array, from areer, arrayer, to array; see array.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Aphetized from array +‎ -ment. (Wiktionary)



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