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From Middle French accoutrer, from Old French acoustrer, from Vulgar Latin acconsūtūrāre (to equip with clothes), from Latin ad (to) + consūtūra (sewing, clothes), from Latin cōnsuō (to sew together), from Latin con- (together) + suō (to sew), first attested in the 1590s.


  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈku tɚ/
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accouter (third-person singular simple present accouters, present participle accoutering, simple past and past participle accoutered)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with dress or equipments, especially those for military service
    Synonyms: equip, attire, array; see also Thesaurus:clothe

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024) “accouter”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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  1. (Jersey, reflexive, s'accouter) to lean upon one's elbows