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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Equipage, n. Also: equippage, -adge, -aige, equypp-, ecquipp-, equeppage; aquippage, ackippadge, accippedge. [e.m.E. equipage (1579), F. équipage.]

1. The crew of a ship. 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 368.
The Densmen and utheris equippage being in the said schip
1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 103.
Fyftie persounes or thairby … come in ane birling … and set vpoun ws … and dyuers vtheris our equippage
1594 Reg. Privy C. V. 195.
The … skipper foirsaid, with sum of his equippage. haveing cum a-land to ane litle village within the said ile
1606 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 52.
The skipperis, with thair wyffis and equippages, to cum to the kirk in all diligence
1622-6 Bisset II. 235/15.
Maisteris, pylottis, maryneris, and utheris of the equippaige
1615 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 176.
Na maister skiper nor ony of the acquippadge of ony bark, boat, crear, or ship
1635 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. VI. 5.
Haveing corrupted all the equipage of the ship, who are bot vagabounds
1643 Acts VI. 18/2.
The company and equippage of the said … friggottis

2. A company of attendants or adherents; a retinue. 1594 Orkney & Sh. Rec. I. 218.
That they and thair equippage … repair and keip the Kirk to serwe God
1594 Douglas Corr. 375.
Without thir gentilmen with thair haill aquippage be put to libertie, … we will [etc.]

3. Array, equipment; formality of attendance. 1603 Moysie 115.
The lord Vchiltrie met him theare, with tuelff scoir tryed men on horsback, all … in guid accippedge
1617 Melrose P. 299.
Was convoyed … in honorabill ecquippage to yiour palice
1633 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. ix. 51.
I am bold to intrait you … to meit me … accompanied with … freinds or servandis in guid equippage

4. The harness and trappings of a horse. 1584 Edinb. Test. XIV. 51 b.
I … ordinis my spous foirsaid to deliuer to Robert Hammiltoun … my hors with all his equeppage
1603 Moysie 53.
Theare followit him sex horsse with theare ackippadge

5. Style of living or maintenance. 1583 Maxwell Mem. II. 153.
In quhat equipage ȝour dochter … was in, the tyme of hir mariage

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