Definition of garment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːrmənt//
(formal) The fashion world
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a piece of clothing a strange shapeless garment that had once been a jacket woollen/winter/outer garments Synonymsclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses and trousers/​pants.clothing [U] (rather formal) clothes, especially a particular type of clothes:warm clothingclothes or clothing?Clothing is more formal than clothes and is used especially to mean ‘a particular type of clothes’. There is no singular form of clothes or clothing: a piece/​an item/​an article of clothing is used to talk about one thing that you wear such as a dress or shirt.garment (formal) a piece of clothing:He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. Garment should only be used in formal or literary contexts; in everyday contexts use a piece of clothing.dress [U] clothes, especially when worn in a particular style or for a particular occasion:We were allowed to wear casual dress on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in shops/​stores:the children’s wear departmentgear [U] (informal) clothes:Her friends were all wearing the latest gear (= fashionable clothes).Patterns casual clothes/​clothing/​dress/​wear/​gear evening/​formal clothes/​dress/​wear designer/​sports clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear/​gear children’s/​men’s/​women’s clothes/​clothing/​garments/​wear to have on/​be in/​wear …clothes/​garments/​dress/​gear see also undergarment See related entries: The fashion world Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French garnement ‘equipment’, from garnir ‘equip’, probably of Germanic origin and related to warn.Extra examples She wore a heavy knitted garment. He was wearing a strange shapeless garment. They removed their outer garments and sat down in the reception area.
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