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



BrE BrE//ɪmˌpedɪˈmentə//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˌpedɪˈmentə//
[plural] (formal or humorous)
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the bags and other equipment that you take with you, especially when travelling, and that are difficult to carry The kitchen must have as much space as possible for herbs, spices, pots and pans, cook books and all my other impedimenta. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, plural of impedimentum ‘impediment’, from impedire ‘shackle the feet of’, based on pes, ped- ‘foot’.
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