Definition of panoply
1 a : a full suit of armor b : ceremonial attire
2 : something forming a protective covering
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>
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Panoply comes from the Greek word panoplia, which referred to the full suit of armor worn by "hoplites," heavily armed infantry soldiers of ancient Greece. "Panoplia" is a blend of the prefix pan-, meaning "all," and hopla, meaning "arms" or "armor." (As you may have guessed already, "hopla" is also an ancestor of "hoplite.") "Panoply" entered the English language in the 17th century, and since then it has developed other senses which extend both the "armor" and the "full set" aspects of its original use.
Origin and Etymology of panoply
Greek panoplia, from pan- + hopla arms, armor, plural of hoplon tool, weapon — more at hoplite
First Known Use: 1632
PANOPLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of panoply for English Language Learners
: a group or collection that is impressive because it is so big or because it includes so many different kinds of people or things
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