Definition of accoutrement in English:


(US accouterment)


  • An additional item of dress or equipment.

    ‘the accoutrements of religious ritual’
    • ‘What we know is that the ejectees say they were removed by men whose dress, accoutrement and bearing appeared to them be those of Secret Service agents.’
    • ‘If you have purchased a new ‘interview outfit,’ you would be wise to wear the suit, shoes, shirt, tie and other accoutrements before the day of the interview.’
    • ‘Here's some affordable equipment and accoutrements to add to your wish list this holiday season.’
    • ‘The movie was filmed on location in Oregon and the period clothing and accoutrements are generally right on.’
    • ‘Advertisements, particularly those of cigarettes, should not appear on the clothes, footwear or other accoutrements of the contestants.’
    • ‘Other additional accoutrements such as wedding veils, fairy wings etc will also garner bonus points.’
    • ‘We toured the city and marvelled at the specialist shops that occupied specific streets; one street specialised in supplies for chapel selling vestments, candles and other religious accoutrements.’
    • ‘I used a card, because the helmets and other accoutrements boosted the total past the contents of my lean wallet.’
    • ‘Just like the rock art, Pharaonic Egyptian art emphasises the clothing and accoutrements rather than the physical features.’
    • ‘With a poncho, the correct accoutrements are a sombrero and some tequila; with matching hats and scarves, facial hair and a job at Santa's grotto is recommended.’
    • ‘Instantly recognisable by their white outfits and strange accoutrements, all Morris dancing groups have their own identifying quirks.’
    • ‘Corbett later recalled that belts, coats, hats, and canes, and flowers from buttonholes - the accoutrements of gentlemen - are all flung his way.’
    • ‘Both create diaristic work steeped in the symbols and accoutrements of Afro-Cuban religious ritual.’
    • ‘This may be seen in the figure of Adonis, naked and bareheaded in some other examples, but here at least partially dressed, and equipped with a broad-brimmed hat and various accoutrements, including his hunting horn.’
    • ‘Fossilized flower bracelets (multicolor buds in lucite) are fun accoutrements.’
    • ‘Besides, I don't have the cold weather accoutrement of hats, gloves and coats; I also don't relish schlepping them around the Continent.’
    • ‘Many young men (who were suspected of ‘effeminacy’ as a result) joyfully embraced its use of beautiful vestments and accoutrements.’
    • ‘We load the Bee with our picnic supplies, rain gear, sturdy shoes, and other accoutrements of mountain exploration, slather on the sunscreen, and begin the adventure.’
    • ‘No way were they going to dare attend a Cure gig without their full make-up, leather jackets, hats and various other accoutrements.’
    • ‘Trusting his word, I step into the bedroom, most of my stuff still littering the floor right where Adele set it, and begin tossing various articles of clothing and other accoutrements onto the bed.’
    • ‘While the incident was clearly a set-up, it does demonstrate that the public expects at least to be sparkled and awed by the splendid attire and accoutrements of royal women, if not by their dazzling beauty.’
    equipment, stuff, things, apparatus, tackle, kit, implements, tools, utensils, appliances, rig, outfit, accoutrements, appurtenances, impedimenta, miscellaneous articles, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, trappings, accessories
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Mid 16th century: from French, from accoutrer clothe, equip (see accoutre).