Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle French, 16th century
Items or equipment to be used for a certain activity
An accessory for a piece of clothing or equipment
An identifying but superficial trait
Examples of Accoutrement in a sentence
"His jacket was adorned with the accoutrements of a decorated war hero."
"Camping is fun, but I always seem to forget some required accoutrement."
Popularity Over Time
Accoutrement shares linguistic French ancestry with one of English's most popular French carryovers: couture. Both accoutrements and couture fashion can adorn our bodies.
Did you Know?
We owe the French for accoutrement, which comes from an Old French word that means "arrange or sew." That's something you'd likely do with your accoutrement.