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caparison

[kuh-par-uh-suh n] /kəˈpær ə sən/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) < Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa cape1
Related forms
uncaparisoned, adjective
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caparison

/kəˈpærɪsən/
noun
1.
a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse
2.
rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments
verb
3.
(transitive) to put a caparison on
Word Origin
C16: via obsolete French from Old Spanish caparazón saddlecloth, probably from capacape1
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Word Origin and History for un caparisoned

caparison

n.

1570s, "cloth spread over a saddle," also "personal dress and ornaments," from Middle French caparasson (15c., Modern French caparaçon), from Spanish caparazón, perhaps from augmentative of Old Provençal caparasso "a mantle with a hood," or Medieval Latin caparo, the name of a type of cape worn by women, literally "chaperon" (see chaperon). Past participle adjective caparisoned is attested from c.1600, from a verb caparison (1590s), from French caparaçonner, from caparaçon.

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