panoply

noun
pan·​o·​ply | \ ˈpa-nə-plē How to pronounce panoply (audio) \
plural panoplies

Definition of panoply

1a : a full suit of armor Knights in panoply were ready for battle.
b : ceremonial attire The nobles were in panoply for the coronation.
2 : something forming a protective covering faces dim in a panoply of smoke— William Baucke
3a : a magnificent or impressive array the full panoply of a military funeral woods … in their full panoply of autumn foliage— S. P. B. Mais
b : a display of all appropriate appurtenances no need for the panoply of power windows … beyond which the usual panoply of modern mechanical conveniences can brazenly flourish— Lewis Mumford

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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.

Examples of panoply in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The period between 1978 and 1987 included Mayor Moscone’s assassination, the horrors of a mysterious plague – HIV/AIDS – cutbacks in state and federal funding and a panoply of urban problems like crime, traffic, homelessness and rising rents. Lincoln Mitchell, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 The panoply of risks spans the pandemic, supply-chain disruptions, Fed tightening and Russia’s grinding war in Ukraine. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 There are electrical wires at the top, then a panoply of other services: telephone, cable, Internet, Fios. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Yes, the fate of the multiverse is at stake, but what matters just as much is that this panoply of worlds is populated by Evelyns who are Evelyn, only with the benefit of other, more empowered choices. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 At the same time, presidential silence on stocks is part of a shifting landscape for investors, one where they are left to fend for themselves amid a panoply of global threats that stretch well beyond the boundaries of Wall Street. Vildana Hajric, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2022 From that point on, Groban and Bareilles ran through a panoply of probably not-true historical tales of life made easier with a scoop of the diary delight. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 Mar. 2022 This is particularly the case with the highly transmissible Delta and even more transmissible Omicron variants that spread rapidly despite the panoply of government mitigation measures. Joel Zinberg, National Review, 18 Mar. 2022 Nevertheless, the Russian president's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on Thursday and the subsequent panoply of sanctions imposed against key profiteers of his regime couldn't come at a worse time for the bank. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of panoply

circa 1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for panoply

Greek panoplia, from pan- + hopla arms, armor, plural of hoplon tool, weapon — more at hoplite

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“Panoply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panoply. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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