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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
Norwich police arrested three people after finding drugs and drug paraphernalia at a Norwich Avenue apartment Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Lake County deputies arrested a woman on Tuesday found with a 6-month-old baby, drugs and paraphernalia in her vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
Both were released at the scene and the drugs and paraphernalia were collected as evidence.
Hairbrushes, deodorant containers, hairspray cans, lamp bases, even D-cell batteries can be used to hide drugs and drug paraphernalia.
An Elgin man was charged with felony drug possession Tuesday after a raid on an Elgin house turned up $65,000 in drugs and drug paraphernalia, officials said.
Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found along with his body.
Police found more drugs — marijuana and prescription pills — and drug paraphernalia in Parrish's car, Thim said.
Boyd, the former University of Pittsburgh star who just completed his second season with Cincinnati, was facing two misdemeanor drug charges and three summary citations after drugs and paraphernalia were found in his car after a July crash.
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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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