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Thursday, December 02, 1999

Definitions for panoply

  1. a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
  2. a complete suit of armor.
  3. a protective covering.

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Citations for panoply
A building like 135 Duane, with its panoply of enterprises, had its idiosyncrasies but nonetheless conformed to the prevailing narrative. Colson Whitehead, Zone One, 2011
They are wrong: fear of flying is fear of flying, not of death, a fear as particular and specific as a fear of spiders, or of the void, or of cats, three common examples among the thousands that make up the panoply of human fears. Mario Vargas Llosa, Touchstones, translated by John King, 2011
Origin of panoply
Panoply entered English in the late 1500s, and comes from the Greek word panoplía, meaning "a full complement of arms and armor.”