caparison


1ca·par·i·son

noun \kə-ˈper-ə-sən, -ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of CAPARISON

1
a :  an ornamental covering for a horse
b :  decorative trappings and harness
2
:  rich clothing :  adornment

Examples of CAPARISON

  1. <attended the masquerade ball in the caparison of an Indian maharaja>
  2. <horses dressed in Old-West caparison for the parade>

Origin of CAPARISON

Middle French caparaçon, from Old Spanish caparazón
First Known Use: 1579

2caparison

verb

Definition of CAPARISON

transitive verb
:  to provide with or as if with a rich ornamental covering :  adorn

Examples of CAPARISON

  1. <used to seeing him in a T-shirt and jeans, we were startled by the sight of strapping youth caparisoned for the prom in a tuxedo>
  2. <the state's rolling hills are even more becoming when they are caparisoned in the glorious colors of autumn>

First Known Use of CAPARISON

1594

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