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- (Commonwealth) accoutre
- First attested in the 1590s.
- From French accoutrer, from Old French acoustrer, from Vulgar Latin acconsūtūrāre (“to equip with clothes”), from Latin ad (“to”) + consūtūra (“sewing, clothes”), from Latin cōnsuō (“to sew together”), from Latin con (“together”) + suō (“to sew”)
- (transitive) To furnish with dress or equipments, especially those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv], page 177, column 1:
- […] Ile hold thee any wager / When we are both accoutered like yong men, / Ile proue the prettier fellow of the two, […]
- For this, in rags accoutered are they seen. (Can we date this quote by John Dryden?)
- Accoutered with his burden and his staff. (Can we date this quote by William Wordsworth?)
to furnish with dress or equipments, especially those for military service; to equip; to attire; to array
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