habiliment (n.) often habiliments, early 15c., "munitions, weapons," from M.Fr. habillement, from abiller "prepare or fit out," probably from habile "fit, suitable" (see ABLE (Cf. able)). Alternative etymology [Barnhart, Klein] makes the French verb originally mean "reduce a tree by stripping off the branches," from a- "to" + bille "stick of wood." Sense of "clothing, dress" developed late 15c., by association with HABIT (Cf. habit) (q.v.).

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  • habiliment — noun Etymology: Middle English abiliments, habilementes, from Middle French abillement, habillemens, from Old French abiller to prepare, equip, from bille trimmed wood, log more at billet Date: 15th century 1. plural characteristic apparatus ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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