1) An aphetic form of ‘abiliment’ which derives from French ‘habillement’ and was used in the sixteenth century for ornamental articles of a woman’s attire, especially those round the head and neck.

1551 my perell belyment, Halnaby

1584 two billamentes of golde enamyled sett wyth pearle, Kirby Knowle. Note: 1572 ‘one petticoat with billim lacing and fringe’, Doncaster.

dates 1551 1572 1584

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