Paraphernalian

paraphernalia

[par-uh-fer-neyl-yuh, -fuh-neyl-]
noun
1.
(sometimes used with a singular verb) equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity: a skier's paraphernalia.
2.
(used with a plural verb) personal belongings.
3.
(used with a singular verb) Law. the personal articles, apart from dower, reserved by law to a married woman.

Origin:
1470–80; < Medieval Latin paraphernālia (bona) a bride's goods, beyond her dowry, equivalent to Late Latin paraphern(a) a bride's property (< Greek parápherna, equivalent to para- para-1 + phern() dowry, derivative of phérein to bear1 + -a neuter plural noun suffix) + Latin -ālia, noun use of neuter plural of -ālis -al1

paraphernalian, paraphernal [par-uh-fur-nl] , adjective


1. appointments, appurtenances, accouterments, trappings. 2. effects.
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paraphernalia (ˌpærəfəˈneɪlɪə)
 
pl n
1.  miscellaneous articles or equipment
2.  law (formerly) articles of personal property given to a married woman by her husband before or during marriage and regarded in law as her possessions over which she has some measure of control
 
[C17: via Medieval Latin from Latin parapherna personal property of a married woman, apart from her dowry, from Greek, from para-1 + phernē dowry, from pherein to carry]

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paraphernalia
1651, "a woman's property besides her dowry," from M.L. paraphernalia (short for paraphernalia bona "paraphernal goods"), neut. pl. of paraphernalis (adj.), from L.L. parapherna "a woman's property besides her dowry," from Gk. parapherna, neut. pl., from para- "beside" + pherne "dowry," related to pherein
"to carry" (see infer). Meaning "equipment, apparatus" is first attested 1791, from notion of odds and ends.
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