• WordNet 3.6
    • n habiliment a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Habiliment A garment; an article of clothing.
    • Habiliment Dress, in general.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n habiliment A garment; clothing: usually in the plural: as, the habiliments of war; fashionable habiliments.
    • n habiliment A border, as of gold, pearls, etc., in ancient dress. See biliment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Habiliment ha-bil′i-ment a garment:
    • n Habiliment ha-bil′i-ment (pl.) clothing, dress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. habillement, fr. habiller, to dress, clothe, orig., to make fit, make ready, fr. habile, apt, skillful, L. habilis,. See Habile
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. habillementhabiller, to dress—L. habilis, fit, ready—habēre.


In literature:

I stood gazing upon the group with feelings of profound interest, upon their features and their picturesque habiliments.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Its sides consisted entirely of sets of great pigeon-holes, each occupied by the habiliments or effects of some prisoner.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
A moment of terrible confusion ensued as I grasped at my scattered habiliments.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Then through the opening poured a half dozen others in like habiliments of disguise.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
Robin lost no time in doffing his green jerkin and hose, and then he washed himself and eagerly essayed his new habiliments.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Meet in your most attractive habiliments of mind and person.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Like MacGregor, they evidently saw something beneath his habiliments, though the small mustache puzzled them.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
She stole to the keyhole and thought she recognized the habiliments of her neighbor the dandy.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
They passed the habiliments of war in a score of peaceful places.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
And as I lay on the bank and wept, there drew nigh to me a man in the habiliments of a fisher.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
The two younger misses were very willing to discuss a point of my habiliment, because that was in the line of their chief thoughts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It is almost superfluous to add that in practice the general habiliments should be much the same as those used when playing quarter-staff.
"Broad-Sword and Single-Stick" by R. G. Allanson-Winn
This may account for the loose appearance of his nether habiliments, which are tucked up, so as to leave the knees bare.
"Notes and Queries, Number 239, May 27, 1854" by Various
They are generally well mounted, and equipped in all the tawdry habiliments of the East.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
Regarded as outdoor habiliments they were not adequate.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
In a trice, Corsini was dressed in Stepan's habiliments.
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
As for form, then, we congratulate the ladies on having attained and preserved so much excellence in their habiliments.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845" by Various
Who but himself could readjust those habiliments, whose strong and whose weak points he so very well knew?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 383, September 1847" by Various
Morgan palpably meant to ignore him with a disdain masked in the habiliments of courtesy.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
This was not merely created by money or correct habiliment or athletic virtuosity.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie

In poetry:

But why is this fair temple clad
In these habiliments of woe?
And why are all our faces sad,
Bereft of their accustomed glow?
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
'A loony'd boast of such a love,'
He in his rage declared:
But such as he for such as me —
Could we both discard
This beggarly habiliment —
Had found a sweeter word.
"Meeting" by William Butler Yeats
As one revered and set apart,
A quaint, unusual name he bore
That well became the frugal heart;
While plain habiliments he wore
Without a tremor or a chill
At thought of some uncanceled bill.
"Honest John" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Researchers think they have found a new kid on the Paleolithic 'block' — a third species of humans coexisting with Homo erectus and Homo habilis almost 2 million years ago.
Wood then weighed the pros and cons of placing the new fossils with the species H. Habilis, first discovered in 1964, or a separate and controversial parallel species known as H.