Paraphernalia Par`a*pher*na"li*a, n. pl. [LL. paraphernalia bona, fr. L. parapherna, pl., parapherna, Gr. ?; para` beside + ? a bride's dowry, fr. fe`rein to bring. See 1st {Bear}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Law) Something reserved to a wife, over and above her dower, being chiefly apparel and ornaments suited to her degree. [1913 Webster]

2. Personal belongings; ornaments; finery; sundry objects carried about for personal convenience. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. The appendages, apparatus, or equipment used in a particular activity; as, surveyors unloading their paraphernalia from a van. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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