Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

panoply

play
noun pan·o·ply \ˈpa-nə-plē\

Simple Definition of panoply

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

Full Definition of panoply

plural pan·o·plies

  1. 1 a :  a full suit of armor b :  ceremonial attire

  2. 2 :  something forming a protective covering

  3. 3 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


Learn More about panoply


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up panoply? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez spindrift duvet kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ