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Examples of paraphernalia in a Sentence
- 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
- There were odd knickknacks (strange that the Hebrew naknik should mean sausage)— … shell ashtrays from Brighton, all my stepmother's paraphernalia. —Anthony Burgess, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1991
- To an Englishman, accustomed to the paraphernalia of Westminster Hall, an American Court of Law is as odd a sight as, I suppose, an English Court of Law would be to an American. Except in the Supreme Court at Washington (where the judges wear a plain black robe), there is no such thing as a wig or gown connected with the administration of justice. —Charles Dickens, American Notes, 1842
Recent Examples of paraphernalia from the Web
While searching the car, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Thomas Lee Martin, 28, of the 1200 block of Hanson Road, was arrested Friday for failing to appear for court in a case in which he was charged with possession of a drug other than marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Ingraca was jailed on charges of domestic violence battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, arson of a dwelling, tampering with a witness to hinder communication with law-enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities also found a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Richardson said.
Two months before her arrest, Pasco County police records show that Shaw had been arrested and charged with domestic battery and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Zachery Murphy, 30, of Farragut Road, charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Viso was charged with three counts of burglary (a Class 3 felony), and one count each of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the statement.
She was given municipal citations for reckless driving, possession of marijuana, (1 gram was found in the car), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Did You Know?
In current use, paraphernalia is typically encountered in its "equipment" sense in such contexts as "arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia." But the word hasn't always been used in that way. Originally, paraphernalia was property that a married woman owned herself-as opposed to her husband's property or the dowry she brought to the marriage. Paraphernalia came to English, via Medieval Latin, from Greek parapherna, meaning "bride's property beyond her dowry" (from para-, meaning "beyond," and phernē, meaning "dowry"). Although paraphernalia was plural in Medieval Latin, it can take either a singular or plural verb in English.
PARAPHERNALIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paraphernalia for English Language Learners
: objects that are used to do a particular activity : objects of a particular kind
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