(3 syl.). Tea equipage. A complete tea-service. To equip means to arm or furnish, and equipage is the furniture of a military man or body of troops. Hence camp equipage (all things necessary for an encampment); field equipage (all things necessary for the field of battle); a prince's equipage, and so on.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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