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[pan-uh-plee] /ˈpæn ə pli/
noun, plural panoplies.
a wide-ranging and impressive array or display:
the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
a complete suit of armor.
a protective covering.
full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.
Origin of panoply
1570-80; < Greek panoplía full complement of arms and armor, equivalent to pan- pan- + (h)ópl(a) arms, armor (cf. hoplite) + -ia -ia
Related forms
panoplied, adjective
unpanoplied, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for panoply


noun (pl) -plies
a complete or magnificent array
the entire equipment of a warrior
Derived Forms
panoplied, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via French from Greek panoplia complete armour, from pan- + hopla armour, pl of hoplon tool
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Contemporary definitions for panoply

a full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering

Word Origin

Greek pan- + hopla 'armor''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for panoply

1570s, from Greek panoplia "complete suit of armor," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + hopla (plural), "arms" of a hoplites ("heavily armed soldier"); see hoplite. Originally in English figurative, of "spiritual armor," etc. (a reference to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of "any splendid array" first recorded 1829.

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