paraphernalia was our Word of the Day on 12/26/2013. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
That means the Quenchers garage sale June 21 through 23 won't include any Wesley Willis originals—but Johnson will be selling all sorts of bar paraphernalia, some of which is probably old enough to be considered historical.
Instead, of all the things in the world, they’re confronted with an actual plane hanger’s worth of Arie paraphernalia, down to his demolition derby date car.
Howard made the collect call to his attorney from Orleans Parish jail shortly after his March 2015 arrest on possession of heroin and of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
One little girl had taekwondo paraphernalia: a foam helmet and a hogul chest protector hanging from her backpack.
Both men were charged with trafficking at least 5 pounds of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Don’t miss the beers brewed at Beachwood BBQ or the cool paraphernalia at the town’s International Surfing Museum.
Graduates Wednesday had an array of charges cleared through the program, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of paraphernalia.
Hulot’s gentle, inoffensive disposition seems hopeless in dealing with all the paraphernalia of the Arpels’ high-tech kitchen.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paraphernalia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up paraphernalia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).