One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounalso raiments
Clothing.‘ladies clothed in raiment bedecked with jewels’
outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, suit, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, fineryView synonyms
- ‘A lone figure stood on the deck, dressed in raiment of yellow and lime, bearing short white hair that stood upright, and wielding a wood staff with a white rabbit carved atop it.’
- ‘Acolytes in white and brown raiment came forth, standing just before her.’
- ‘It's an especially lovely option at this time of year, with the trees donning their autumnal raiment.’
- ‘Poseidon clothes himself in raiment of gold, grasps his gold whip, and takes his stand upon his chariot.’
- ‘Their long slender bodies were clothed in raiment so silky, and their staffs issued high command.’
Late Middle English: shortening of obsolete arrayment ‘dress, outfit’.
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