paraphernalia


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par·a·pher·na·lia

 (păr′ə-fər-nāl′yə, -fə-nāl′yə)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1. The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer's paraphernalia. See Synonyms at equipment.
2. Law Personal property used by a married woman that, although actually owned by her husband and subject to claims by his creditors, becomes her personal property after his death.

[Medieval Latin paraphernālia, neuter pl. of paraphernālis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Late Latin, from Greek : para-, beyond; see para-1 + phernē, dowry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

paraphernalia

(ˌpærəfəˈneɪlɪə)
pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
1. miscellaneous articles or equipment
2. (Law) law (formerly) articles of personal property given to a married woman by her husband before or during marriage and regarded in law as her possessions over which she has some measure of control
[C17: via Medieval Latin from Latin parapherna personal property of a married woman, apart from her dowry, from Greek, from para-1 + phernē dowry, from pherein to carry]

par•a•pher•na•lia

(ˌpær ə fərˈneɪl yə, -fəˈneɪl-)

n.
1. (often used with a pl. v.) equipment, apparatus, or furnishings used in or necessary for a particular activity.
2. (used with a pl. v.) personal belongings.
3. (used with a sing. v.) Law. the personal property of a married woman, which she may bequeath.
[1470–80; < Medieval Latin paraphernālia (bona) a bride's goods beyond her dowry = Late Latin paraphern(a) a bride's property]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraphernalia - equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.paraphernalia - equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
equipment - an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle, rig - gear used in fishing
kit, outfit - gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
regalia - paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)
rig - gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
rigging, tackle - gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
saddlery, stable gear, tack - gear for a horse

paraphernalia

noun
1. equipment, things, effects, material, stuff, tackle, gear, baggage, apparatus, belongings, clobber (Brit. slang), accoutrements, impedimenta, appurtenances, equipage a large courtyard full of builders' paraphernalia
2. rigmarole, procedure, bother, to-do, performance (informal), carry-on (informal, chiefly Brit.), nonsense, fuss, hassle (informal), red tape, pantomime (informal), trappings, palaver the whole paraphernalia of the legal system

paraphernalia

noun
Things needed for a task, journey, or other purpose:
accouterment (often used in plural), apparatus, equipment, gear, material (used in plural), materiel, outfit, rig, tackle, thing (used in plural), turnout.
Translations
جِهاز، أدَوات المِهنَة أو الهِوايَه
vybavenívýzbroj
udstyrværktøj
græjur, dót
atribūtipiederumirīki

paraphernalia

[ˈpærəfəˈneɪlɪə] Nparafernalia f

paraphernalia

[ˌpærəfərˈneɪliə] n
(= equipment) → attirail m
(= fuss) → falbalas mpl
the paraphernalia of a full court hearing → les falbalas d'une audience plénière

paraphernalia

plBrimborium nt, → Drum und Dran nt

paraphernalia

[ˌpærəfəˈneɪlɪə] narmamentario

paraphernalia

(pӕrəfəˈneiliə) noun
a (large) collection of (small) objects, often the tools etc for a job or hobby. a photographer's paraphernalia.
References in classic literature ?
Each house consisted of two compartments, and each family at Lebrun's possessed a compartment for itself, fitted out with all the essential paraphernalia of the bath and whatever other conveniences the owners might desire.
He went at once to tell the guides to follow us to Zermatt and bring all their paraphernalia with them.
He took with him a bag in which were many instruments and drugs, "the ghastly paraphernalia of our beneficial trade," as he once called, in one of his lectures, the equipment of a professor of the healing craft.
He was in bed, but surrounded with all the paraphernalia of war.
Du Petit Thouars exhibited upon his person all the paraphernalia of his naval rank.
The room first entered served as salon and dining-room in one; on the right was a bedchamber, on the left a large study which Luigi had arranged for his wife; in it she found easels, color-boxes, lay- figures, casts, pictures, portfolios,--in short, the paraphernalia of an artist.
The fringed and bedizened prince whose privilege it is to ride the pony and lead the elephant into a country village is poor and naked compared to this chaos of paraphernalia, and the happy vanity of the one is the very poverty of satisfaction compared to the majestic serenity, the overwhelming complacency of the other.
It was part of the paraphernalia of the art-student in Paris.
He was proud of the fact, and it was a high moment for him, fresh from two thousand miles of trail, to come surging into that bar-room, dogs, sled, mail, Indian, paraphernalia, and all.
Hardly had all this been accomplished (it had taken no more than several seconds), when the gong sounded, the seconds scuttled through the ropes with their paraphernalia, and Joe and Ponta were advancing against each other to the centre of the ring.
They gave out that he was an angel sent down to wage war on Napoleon, and to get back Solomon's seal, part of their paraphernalia which they pretended our general had stolen.
But he was there, they were all there that morning when I came down to breakfast, and saw that Paul was frightened--the man who loved me frightened and all his paraphernalia fallen, so that I knew it was impossible, because personal relations are the important thing for ever and ever, and not this outer life of telegrams and anger.