caparison

[kuh-par-uh-suhn]
noun
1.
a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
2.
rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cover with a caparison.
4.
to dress richly; deck.

Origin:
1585–95; < Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) < Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa cape1

uncaparisoned, adjective
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caparison (kəˈpærɪsən)
 
n
1.  a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse
2.  rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments
 
vb
3.  (tr) to put a caparison on
 
[C16: via obsolete French from Old Spanish caparazón saddlecloth, probably from capacape1]

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caparison
1598, "cloth spread over a saddle," also "personal dress and ornaments," from Fr. caparasson (Mod.Fr. caparaçon, from Sp. caparazon, from augmentative of M.L. caparo, the name of a type of cape worn by women, lit. "chaperon" (see chaperon). Pp. adj. caparisoned is
attested from 1600, from a verb caparison (1594).
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Example sentences
The king's caparisoned state elephant does not appear to advantage when running.
When he felt his end approach, he desired that his horse might be gaily caparisoned, and brought to the hospital window.
But it seems it is the custom here, for the bridegroom to appear on his wedding-day upon a splendid horse, elegantly caparisoned.
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