paraphernalia


par·a·pher·na·lia

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌper-ə-fə(r)-ˈnāl-yə, ˌpa-rə-\

: objects that are used to do a particular activity : objects of a particular kind

Full Definition of PARAPHERNALIA

1
:  the separate real or personal property of a married woman that she can dispose of by will and sometimes according to common law during her life
2
:  personal belongings
3
a :  articles of equipment :  furnishings
b :  accessory items :  appurtenances

Examples of PARAPHERNALIA

  1. Mind if we pick through your personal effects? The King of Scrounge, an American serviceman, has crammed his local apartment with enough salvaged paraphernalia to equip a battalion. —Garry Trudeau, New York Times, 25 June 1991

Origin of PARAPHERNALIA

Medieval Latin, ultimately from Greek parapherna bride's property beyond her dowry, from para- + phernē dowry, from pherein to bear — more at bear
First Known Use: 1651

Rhymes with PARAPHERNALIA

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