- (commonwealth) accoutrement
- First attested in the 1540s.
- From Middle French accoustrement, from accoustrer, from Old French acostrer (“arrange, sew up”).
accouterment (plural accouterments)
- The act of accoutering.
- An article of clothing or equipment, in particular when used as an accessory.
- (plural only) apparatus needed for a task or journey.
- (military, plural only) Equipment other than weapons and uniform.
- (plural only) trappings.
- An identifying yet superficial characteristic.
2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The Onion AV Club:
- But musical ancestry aside, the influence to which Bieber is most beholden is the current trends in pop music, which means Believe is loaded up with EDM accouterments, seeking a comfortable middle ground where Bieber’s impressively refined pop-R&B croon can rub up on techno blasts and garish dubstep drops (and occasionally grind on some AutoTune, not necessarily because it needs it, but because a certain amount of robo-voice is expected these days).