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Definition of garment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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a piece of clothing a strange shapeless garment woolen/winter/outer garments see also undergarment Thesaurusclothesclothing garment dress wear gearThese are all words for the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses, and pants.clothes [pl.] the things that you wear, such as shirts, jackets, dresses, and pants:Please pick your clothes up off the [U] (somewhat 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:Casual dress is allowed on Fridays.wear [U] (usually in compounds) clothes for a particular purpose or occasion, especially when it is being sold in stores:the children's wear departmentgear [U] clothes for a particular purpose:the most advanced cold-weather gear (= warm boots, coats, gloves, etc.)Patterns casual clothes/clothing/dress/wear evening/formal clothes/dress/wear designer/sports clothes/clothing/garments/wear/gear children's/men's/ladies' clothes/clothing/garments/wear to have on/be in/wear …clothes/garments/gear
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