caparison


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ca·par·i·son

 (kə-păr′ĭ-sən)
n.
1. An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings.
2. Richly ornamented clothing; finery.
tr.v. ca·par·i·soned, ca·par·i·son·ing, ca·par·i·sons
1. To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering.
2. To dress (another) in rich clothing.

[Obsolete French caparasson, from Old Spanish caparazón, from Medieval Latin cappa, cloak; see cape1.]

caparison

(kəˈpærɪsən)
n
1. (Military) a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse
2. rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments
vb
(Military) (tr) to put a caparison on
[C16: via obsolete French from Old Spanish caparazón saddlecloth, probably from capa cape1]

ca•par•i•son

(kəˈpær ə sən)

n.
1. a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
2. rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.
v.t.
3. to cover with a caparison.
4. to dress richly; deck.
[1585–95; < Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) < Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa cape1]

caparison

- A cloth or covering spread over the saddle or harness of a horse, often ornamented; this word can also mean "housings, trappings."
See also related terms for saddle.

caparison


Past participle: caparisoned
Gerund: caparisoning

Imperative
caparison
caparison
Present
I caparison
you caparison
he/she/it caparisons
we caparison
you caparison
they caparison
Preterite
I caparisoned
you caparisoned
he/she/it caparisoned
we caparisoned
you caparisoned
they caparisoned
Present Continuous
I am caparisoning
you are caparisoning
he/she/it is caparisoning
we are caparisoning
you are caparisoning
they are caparisoning
Present Perfect
I have caparisoned
you have caparisoned
he/she/it has caparisoned
we have caparisoned
you have caparisoned
they have caparisoned
Past Continuous
I was caparisoning
you were caparisoning
he/she/it was caparisoning
we were caparisoning
you were caparisoning
they were caparisoning
Past Perfect
I had caparisoned
you had caparisoned
he/she/it had caparisoned
we had caparisoned
you had caparisoned
they had caparisoned
Future
I will caparison
you will caparison
he/she/it will caparison
we will caparison
you will caparison
they will caparison
Future Perfect
I will have caparisoned
you will have caparisoned
he/she/it will have caparisoned
we will have caparisoned
you will have caparisoned
they will have caparisoned
Future Continuous
I will be caparisoning
you will be caparisoning
he/she/it will be caparisoning
we will be caparisoning
you will be caparisoning
they will be caparisoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been caparisoning
you have been caparisoning
he/she/it has been caparisoning
we have been caparisoning
you have been caparisoning
they have been caparisoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been caparisoning
you will have been caparisoning
he/she/it will have been caparisoning
we will have been caparisoning
you will have been caparisoning
they will have been caparisoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been caparisoning
you had been caparisoning
he/she/it had been caparisoning
we had been caparisoning
you had been caparisoning
they had been caparisoning
Conditional
I would caparison
you would caparison
he/she/it would caparison
we would caparison
you would caparison
they would caparison
Past Conditional
I would have caparisoned
you would have caparisoned
he/she/it would have caparisoned
we would have caparisoned
you would have caparisoned
they would have caparisoned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caparison - stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorsecaparison - stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
bard - an ornamental caparison for a horse
horsecloth - a cloth for the trapping of a horse
saddlery, stable gear, tack - gear for a horse
Verb1.caparison - put a caparison on; "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
Translations

caparison

[kəˈpærɪsn]
A. Ncaparazón m, gualdrapa f; [of person] → vestido m rico, galas fpl; (= harness etc) → equipo m
B. VTengualdrapar
gaily caparisonedbrillantemente enjaezado (fig) → brillantemente vestido

caparison

(liter)
nSchabracke f (old)
vtmit einer Schabracke bedecken (old)
References in classic literature ?
With the pack-saddle I do not concern myself; but I may tell you on that head that my squire Sancho asked my permission to strip off the caparison of this vanquished poltroon's steed, and with it adorn his own; I allowed him, and he took it; and as to its having been changed from a caparison into a pack-saddle, I can give no explanation except the usual one, that such transformations will take place in adventures of chivalry.
Grandfather smiled at the idea of Charley's sturdy little figure in such a grotesque caparison. He then went on with the history of the chair, and told the children that, in 1730, King George II.
The gray costume harmonized with its aerial background; the metal of accoutrement and caparison was softened and subdued by the shadow; the animal's skin had no points of high light.
Occasionally it was brought out, and, being gaily caparisoned, was ridden by one of the officers at full speed over the hard sand beach.
Then, follow white elephants caparisoned in countless gorgeous colours, and infinite in number and attendants.
"It was one autumn morning, and as usual, an hour before daybreak our cavalry had turned out, ready caparisoned for the day's work, whether it might be fighting or waiting.
Each is caparisoned to simulate the piece he represents and in addition he wears that which indicates whether he be slave, a warrior serving a sentence, or a volunteer.
A thousand men in cloth of gold, mounted upon richly caparisoned elephants, go before him, and as the procession moves onward the officer who guides his elephant cries aloud, `Behold the mighty monarch, the powerful and valiant Sultan of the Indies, whose palace is covered with a hundred thousand rubies, who possesses twenty thousand diamond crowns.
Upon the car, which was drawn by four richly caparisoned zebus, stood a hideous statue with four arms, the body coloured a dull red, with haggard eyes, dishevelled hair, protruding tongue, and lips tinted with betel.
Many of them looked more like Indians than white men in their garbs and accoutrements, and their very horses were caparisoned in barbaric style, with fantastic trappings.
Some of them were mounted on horses rudely caparisoned with bridles or halters of buffalo hide, one end trailing after them on the ground.
These flames, this noise, this dust of a dozen richly caparisoned horses, formed a strange contrast in the middle of the night with the melancholy and almost funereal disappearance of the two shadows of Aramis and Porthos.