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noun pl. par·a·ments
An ecclesiastical vestment or hanging.
Origin: From Middle English paramentes, ornamentation, adornments, from Old French parement, ornament, from Medieval Latin parāmentum, from parāre, to decorate, from Latin, to prepare; see pare.