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Aphetized from Middle English arayment, borrowed from Anglo-Norman arraiement, from Old French areement, from areer (to array). See array.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪ.mənt/
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raiment (countable and uncountable, plural raiments)

  1. (archaic or literary) Clothing, garments, dress, material.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet XXII”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. Neuer before Imprinted, London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634:
      For all that beauty that doth cover thee
      Is but the seemly raiment of my heart
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, Aholibah, lines 11-12:
      Strange raiment clad thee like a bride,
      With silk to wear on hands and feet
    • 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 379:
      Many men, women and children, clothed in bright raiment for the Sabbath, saw with a faint flicker of interest and surprise a very white man on a trishaw, and the driver pedalling with unseemly haste.
    • 2006 December 24, PZ Myers, “The Courtier's Reply”, in Pharyngula[1], retrieved 2011-10-30:
      We have entire schools dedicated to writing learned treatises on the beauty of the Emperor's raiment, and every major newspaper runs a section dedicated to imperial fashion...