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


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹeɪ.mənt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪmənt


raiment (countable and uncountable, plural raiments)

  1. (archaic or literary) Clothing, garments, dress, material.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet XXII”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. [], London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, →OCLC:
      For all that beauty that doth cover thee
      Is but the seemly raiment of my heart
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Revelation 4:2–4:
      And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. / And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. / And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, Aholibah, lines 11-12:
      Strange raiment clad thee like a bride,
      With silk to wear on hands and feet
    • 1955, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings):
      They were clad in warm raiment and heavy cloaks, and over all the Lady Éowyn wore a great blue mantle of the colour of deep summer-night, and it was set with silver stars about hem and throat.
    • 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], archived from the original on 17 February 2012:
      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...