noun pan·o·ply \ˈpa-nə-plē\

: a group or collection that is impressive because it is so big or because it includes so many different kinds of people or things

plural pan·o·plies

Full Definition of PANOPLY

a :  a full suit of armor
b :  ceremonial attire
:  something forming a protective covering
a :  a magnificent or impressive array <the full panoply of a military funeral>
b :  a display of all appropriate appurtenances <no need for the panoply of power>

Origin of PANOPLY

Greek panoplia, from pan- + hopla arms, armor, plural of hoplon tool, weapon — more at hoplite
First Known Use: 1632

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


Next Word in the Dictionary: panopticPrevious Word in the Dictionary: panopliedAll Words Near: panoply
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears