One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, suit, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, fineryView synonyms
- ‘The flames suddenly shot up into the air, twice as high as a man could stand and when they dropped again, a figure had formed from the flames, a figure of a woman attired in simple habiliments.’
- ‘She glanced down at her stained, ruined habiliments.’
- ‘She is a holiday figure, symbolising the significance of the holiday as a circumscribed period during which one can put aside the habiliments of normal existence and adopt another persona, become another self.’
- ‘The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.’
- ‘One in these habiliments is prone to dream, are they not?’
Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘outfit, attire’): from Old French habillement, from habiller ‘fit out’, from Latin habilis (see able).
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