Word of the Week: habiliment

As in: “Finding my trade of no immediate benefit, I threw off my calking habiliments, and prepared myself to do any kind of work I could get to do.”
(Douglass,  Blassingame, McKivigan, Hinks, & Fulkerson, 2008, p. 79-80)

Douglass, F., Blassingame, J. W., McKivigan, J. R., Hinks, P. P., & Fulkerson, G. (2001). Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.  

View the papers of the African American abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, from the Library of Congress. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/doughtml/)

View clothing and accessories from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The collection includes items such as a buffalo soldier uniform coat, Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, and Marilyn Monroe’s gloves. (http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/subject_detail.cfm?key=32&colkey=8)

Explore definitions at the library’s E-Ready Reference Resources site using the Dictionaries listed on Research Guide: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, etc.

Posted by the Reference Department


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