Meaning of equipage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛkwɪpɪdʒ/


  • 1 archaic mass noun The equipment for a particular purpose.

    ‘Fortunately the day was overcast, so we didn't have a scorching sun in which to carry around tiny twins and all their essential equipment, apparatuses, impedimenta, equipage and whatnot.’
    • ‘Under the provisions of the official army regulations, Quartermaster General Myers and company were charged with ‘providing transportation for troops and all army stores, equipage, and supplies.’’
    • ‘An idiosyncratic use of spacing and punctuation has been part of this writer's equipage for several books, but here she uses these devices more subtly; the use of colons and brackets no longer feels daring, but necessary.’
    • ‘The large herd of camels, the Afghans, of whom there are 68, in their diversified and picturesque costumes, the camp-fires, and Oriental camp equipage made up a novel scene.’
    • ‘The idea is to incorporate these nanomaterials and nanodevices into the future soldier's uniform, and associated equipage like helmets and gloves,’ Thomas said.’
    • ‘The show is arranged according to form and function: lighting devices, dining wares, drinking vessels, coffee and tea equipage, household and personal accessories, and religious objects.’
    • ‘You need a high percentage of equipage and trained crews to use the technology.’
    • ‘However, despite the need for communications relief, which is forecast to become urgent by that time, the FAA insists that operator avionics equipage will be voluntary.’
    • ‘A complete, printed record of a Georgian officer's camp equipage has been preserved and gives a rare account of sixty-two effects.’
    • ‘Maithris also looked around in alarm at the clattering of armor and equipage and her ears went back at the sight of a squad of armed infantry making a beeline for us.’
    • ‘Mostly we clashed with Stoneman's Federal cavalry corps, who had finally the horses, troopers, and equipage to equal our own.’
    • ‘I thought it best to leave the heavier equipage there, and try my own luck here - I did not wish to inconvenience anyone by awaking the whole household.’
    • ‘‘He is certainly a man of consequence,’ replied Katherine, her nose pressed right up against the glass, ‘but I do not know his equipage.’’
    • ‘Here the figures represent the epitome of gracious sobriety stylishly dressed and enjoying the ritual of afternoon tea served by a servant at a table set with all the tea equipage of a fashionable household.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the storage vessels for tea leaves, produced as part of the tea equipage, became more varied than ever before.’
    • ‘Such equipages m the rococo taste of the middle decades of the eighteenth century were meant to entice avaricious consumers of means with their mixture of scrollwork, exoticism, and fancy.’
    • ‘To the front of the composition is a young page serving tea from what is probably the earliest complete depiction of a tea table with all its attendant equipage.’
    • ‘It is a remarkable success story in terms of trade, but the people who had most reason to feel thankful were the artisans and craftsmen commissioned to supply the attendant equipage.’
    equipment, apparatus, paraphernalia, articles, appliances, impedimenta
  • 2 historical A carriage and horses with attendants.

    ‘The Boston riding equipage was presented to General Pierce at Willard's this morning.’
    • ‘The colonel also kept a splendid riding equipage.’


Mid 16th century (denoting the crew of a ship): from French équipage, from équiper ‘equip’.