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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
Items include one of Geno Auriemma’s autographed pink ties and a game basketball signed by Auriemma among other UConn paraphernalia.
The streets are jammed for a concert of his, and people are garbed in Bruno Mars paraphernalia.
The driver was detained and the vehicle was searched; the officer located a bag containing drug paraphernalia.
Drugs 800 block of Kokomo Key Lane, Dec. 19, 9:31 p.m. A person was in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia.
He is charged with possession of THC, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid license and driving with an expired vehicle registration.
Cornelius Davis, 22, of Jacksonville, faces possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.
Police said Dumas had no drug paraphernalia in his possession, so officers believe that would indicate the drugs were for personal use.
Jemar Hurt, 37, of the 700 block of Rainbow Garden Court, was charged Tuesday with two counts each of drug possession other than marijuana 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.
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