plural noun

Roman & civil law
: the property of a woman that on her marriage is not made a part of her dower but remains her own and entirely free from the control of the husband

Word History


Late Latin, from Greek, from para- para- entry 1 + phernē dowry; akin to Greek pherein to carry

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“Parapherna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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