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Oct 28, 2016
This week’s theme
Words formed by dialectal pronunciation

This week’s words
ornery
passel
sassy
tarnal
raiment

cat in a pumpkin costume
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raiment

PRONUNCIATION:
(RAY-muhnt)

MEANING:
noun: Clothing.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of arrayment, from array, from Old French arrayer (to array). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reidh- (to ride), which also gave us ride, raid, road, and ready. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“I wear this raiment while working at my desk.”
Tom Wolfe; My Favorite Thing; Esquire (New York); Sep 2016.

See more usage examples of raiment in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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