A garment is a piece of clothing. The area of New York City where clothes are manufactured is known as the Garment District.

Derived from the French word for "equipment," garment is a somewhat generic term you can use when the specific kind of clothing you're describing is not the point. A dress, for example, is a dress, and pants are pants. They are not the same thing, unless you refer to them both as garments, in which case they are the same thing.

Definitions of garment
  1. noun
    an article of clothing
    garments of the finest silk”
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    breechcloth, breechclout, loincloth
    a garment that provides covering for the loins
    burka, burqa
    a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan
    a garment made of camlet fabric
    diaper, napkin, nappy
    garment consisting of a folded cloth drawn up between the legs and fastened at the waist; worn by infants to catch excrement
    a garment made of the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
    gown, scrubs, surgical gown
    protective garment worn by surgeons during operations
    haick, haik
    an outer garment consisting of a large piece of white cloth; worn by men and women in northern Africa
    outgrown garment passed down from one person to another
    head covering, veil
    a garment that covers the head and face
    man's close-fitting garment of the 16th and 17th centuries covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
    garments (clothes or linens) that are to be (or have been) ironed
    jump suit, jumpsuit
    one-piece garment fashioned after a parachutist's uniform
    (Swahili) a long garment (usually white) with long sleeves; worn by men in East Africa
    laundry, wash, washables, washing
    garments or white goods that can be cleaned by laundering
    leg covering, legging, leging
    a garment covering the leg (usually extending from the knee to the ankle)
    body suit, cat suit, leotard, unitard
    a tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance
    garments that must be repaired
    a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
    articles of clothing worn about the neck
    outer garment, overgarment
    a garment worn over other garments
    peplos, peplum, peplus
    a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist
    a garment (coat or sweater) that has raglan sleeves
    a garment (especially a coat) that can be worn inside out (with either side of the cloth showing)
    any loose flowing garment
    romper, romper suit
    a one-piece garment for children to wear at play; the lower part is shaped like bloomers
    a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
    scapular, scapulary
    garment consisting of a long wide piece of woolen cloth worn over the shoulders with an opening for the head; part of a monastic habit
    a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
    a garment (as a jacket or coat or robe) made of sealskin
    a garment that can be purchased separately and worn in combinations with other garments
    a garment worn on the upper half of the body
    the brightly colored garments of a jockey; emblematic of the stable
    a garment hanging from the waist; worn mainly by girls and women
    garment consisting of a V-shaped panel of stiff material worn over the chest and stomach in the 16th century
    straightjacket, straitjacket
    a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person
    suit, suit of clothes
    a set of garments (usually including a jacket and trousers or skirt) for outerwear all of the same fabric and color
    a child's garment consisting of a brief top and shorts
    swaddling bands, swaddling clothes
    a garment (a gown or narrow strips of cloth) for an infant
    jumper, sweater
    a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
    sweat suit, sweats, sweatsuit, workout suit
    garment consisting of sweat pants and a sweatshirt
    bathing costume, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimsuit, swimwear
    tight fitting garment worn for swimming
    a garment (or part of a garment) designed for or relating to trousers
    pant, trouser
    (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
    undergarment, unmentionable
    a garment worn under other garments
    vest, waistcoat
    a man's sleeveless garment worn underneath a coat
    weeds, widow's weeds
    a black garment (dress) worn by a widow as a sign of mourning
    wet suit
    a close-fitting garment made of a permeable material; worn in cold water (as by skin divers) to retain body heat
    a garment (as a dress or coat) with a full length opening; adjusts to the body by wrapping around
    a loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth; worn by Arabs
    (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
    ballet skirt, tutu
    very short skirt worn by ballerinas
    a loose-fitting robe of towelling; worn after a bath or swim
    bell-bottoms, bellbottom pants, bellbottom trousers
    trousers with legs that flare; worn by sailors; absurdly wide hems were fashionable in the 1960s
    bikini, two-piece
    a woman's very brief bathing suit
    body stocking
    a one-piece tight-fitting undergarment for women that covers the torso (and may have sleeves and legs)
    bandeau, bra, brassiere
    an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts
    breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickers
    trousers ending above the knee
    bulletproof vest
    a vest capable of resisting the impact of a bullet
    business suit
    a suit of clothes traditionally worn by businessmen
    a loose shirt or tunic; originally worn in the Middle Ages
    camisole, underbodice
    a short sleeveless undergarment for women
    a knitted sweater that is fastened up the front with buttons or a zipper
    chadar, chaddar, chador, chuddar
    a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women
    (usually in the plural) leather leggings without a seat; joined by a belt; often have flared outer flaps; worn over trousers by cowboys to protect their legs
    chemise, shift, shimmy, slip, teddy
    a woman's sleeveless undergarment
    trousers made with chino cloth
    tight trousers worn by people from the Indian subcontinent (typically with a kameez or kurta)
    a loose outer garment
    an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
    cords, corduroys
    cotton trousers made of corduroy cloth
    neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front
    a divided skirt
    daishiki, dashiki
    a loose and brightly colored African shirt
    a long loincloth worn by Hindu men
    double-breasted suit
    a suit with a double-breasted jacket
    dressing gown, lounging robe, robe-de-chambre
    a robe worn before dressing or while lounging
    dress shirt, evening shirt
    a man's white shirt (with a starch front) for evening wear (usually with a tuxedo)
    face veil
    a piece of more-or-less transparent material that covers the face
    boa, feather boa
    a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
    a lightweight triangular scarf worn by a woman
    flannel, gabardine, tweed, white
    (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
    flat wash, flatwork
    ironing that can be done mechanically
    foundation, foundation garment
    a woman's undergarment worn to give shape to the contours of the body
    full skirt
    a long skirt gathered at the waist
    legging consisting of a cloth or leather covering for the leg from the knee to the ankle
    garter belt, suspender belt
    a wide belt of elastic with straps hanging from it; worn by women to hold up stockings
    gathered skirt
    a skirt whose fabric is drawn together around the waist
    grass skirt
    a skirt made of long blades of grass
    hair shirt
    an uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair; worn next to the skin as a penance
    hobble skirt
    a long skirt very narrow below the knees, worn between 1910 and 1914
    crinoline, hoopskirt
    a skirt stiffened with hoops
    a voluminous cotton outer garment (usually white) traditionally worn by Muslim women of northern Africa and the Middle East; covers the entire body
    blue jean, denim, jean
    (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
    T-shirt, jersey, tee shirt
    a close-fitting pullover shirt
    jodhpur breeches, jodhpurs, riding breeches
    flared trousers ending at the calves; worn with riding boots
    a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck
    a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland
    a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese
    a loose collarless shirt worn by many people on the Indian subcontinent (usually with a salwar or churidars or pyjama)
    a scarf that covers a knight's helmet
    a skirt consisting of a rectangle of calico or printed cotton; worn by Polynesians (especially Samoans)
    long pants, long trousers
    trousers reaching to the foot
    long underwear, union suit
    an undergarment with shirt and drawers in one piece
    maillot, tank suit
    a woman's one-piece bathing suit
    a woman's silk or lace scarf
    a long skirt ending below the calf
    mini, miniskirt
    a very short skirt
    a scarf worn around the neck
    necktie, tie
    neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front
    an outer skirt worn over another skirt
    pajama, pyjama
    a pair of loose trousers tied by a drawstring around the waist; worn by men and women in some Asian countries
    trousers worn in former times
    a scarf worn by Sikh men
    pedal pusher, toreador pants
    snug trousers ending at the calves; worn by women and girls
    half-slip, petticoat, underskirt
    undergarment worn under a skirt
    a suit made from a fabric with very thin stripes
    polo shirt, sport shirt
    a shirt with short sleeves designed for comfort and casual wear
    pullover, slipover
    a sweater that is put on by pulling it over the head
    a strip of cloth wound around the leg to form legging; used by soldiers in World War I
    a long woolen or linen scarf covering the head and shoulders (also used as a sling for holding a baby); traditionally worn by Latin-American women
    a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
    salwar, shalwar
    a pair of light loose trousers with a tight fit around the ankles; worn by women from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a kameez)
    a loose skirt consisting of brightly colored fabric wrapped around the body; worn by both women and men in the South Pacific
    short pants, shorts, trunks
    trousers that end at or above the knee
    single-breasted suit
    a suit having a single-breasted jacket
    singlet, undershirt, vest
    a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body
    (usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
    slack suit
    casual dress consisting of slacks and matching jacket
    a child's overgarment for cold weather
    gaiter, spat
    a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles
    a wide scarf worn about their shoulders
    stretch pants
    trousers made of a stretchy fabric
    sweat pants, sweatpants
    loose-fitting trousers with elastic cuffs; worn by athletes
    bathing trunks, swimming trunks
    swimsuit worn by men while swimming
    tank top
    a tight-fitting sleeveless shirt with wide shoulder straps and low neck and no front opening; often worn over a shirt or blouse
    tight-fitting trousers; usually of tartan
    a scarf worn around the head by Muslim women in Malaysia; conceals the hair but not the face
    polo-neck, turtle, turtleneck
    a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
    an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
    underclothes, underclothing, underwear
    undergarment worn next to the skin and under the outer garments
    heavy-duty shirts worn for manual or physical work
    yashmac, yashmak
    the face veil worn by Muslim women
    zoot suit
    a flashy suit of extreme cut
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    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  2. verb
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
    synonyms: apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, habilitate, raiment, tog
    dress, get dressed
    put on clothes
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    discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
    get undressed
    disinvest, divest, strip, undress
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
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    prim, prim out, prim up
    dress primly
    cover, wrap up
    clothe, as if for protection from the elements
    put a jacket on
    put a frock on
    put a shirt on
    put a habit on
    provide or cover with a cloak
    overclothe, overdress
    dress too warmly
    dress without sufficient warmth
    dress with a corset
    furnish with shoes
    cover or provide with a coat
    costume, dress up
    dress in a costume
    robe, vest
    clothe formally; especially in ecclesiastical robes
    dress in a gown
    provide with small, decorative articles of clothing, jewelry, etc.
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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