Meaning of habiliment in English:


Pronunciation /həˈbɪlɪm(ə)nt/


archaic usually habiliments
  • Clothing.

    ‘The flames suddenly shot up into the air, twice as high as a man could stand and when they dropped again, a figure had formed from the flames, a figure of a woman attired in simple habiliments.’
    • ‘One in these habiliments is prone to dream, are they not?’
    • ‘She is a holiday figure, symbolising the significance of the holiday as a circumscribed period during which one can put aside the habiliments of normal existence and adopt another persona, become another self.’
    • ‘She glanced down at her stained, ruined habiliments.’
    • ‘The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.’
    outfit, clothes, costume, ensemble, suit, clothing, dress, attire, garments, garb, turnout, rig, uniform, livery, array, regalia, robes, finery


Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘outfit, attire’): from Old French habillement, from habiller ‘fit out’, from Latin habilis (see able).