American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings.
- n. Richly ornamented clothing; finery.
- v. To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering.
- v. To dress (another) in rich clothing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
- n. Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
- To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
- To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
- n. The often ornamental coverings for an animal, especially a horse or an elephant.
- v. To dress up a horse or elephant with ornamental coverings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ornamental covering or housing for a horse; the harness or trappings of a horse, taken collectively, especially when decorative.
- n. Gay or rich clothing.
- v. To cover with housings, as a horse; to harness or fit out with decorative trappings, as a horse.
- v. To adorn with rich dress; to dress.
- v. put a caparison on
- n. stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
- Middle French, from Old Spanish caparazón. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French caparasson, from Old Spanish caparazón, from Medieval Latin cappa, cloak; see cape1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His caparison was another mortification and failure.”
“The riderless horse is known as a caparison, a custom that dates to the time of Genghis Khan.”
“Here and there were solitary pavilions of cataphracts brought low by the shiver-and-shake, some with horses waiting in full caparison, as if their masters expected to ride to battle.”
“Among many other things, it contains a detailed description of the Milanese war wagon: wrapped entirely in scarlet cloth, it was so enormous it had to be drawn by three pairs of the biggest and strongest oxen; each of these beasts wore a white caparison marked with a red cross.”
“The only cheerfulness in the local color was to be noted in the caparison of the donkeys, which we were to find more and more brilliant southward.”
“With die and drab I purchased this caparison, and my revenue is the silly cheat.”
“Since that time, we've used Sergeant York as our caparison horse, our riderless horse.”
“For the horse being richly adorned with golden trappings, and having a caparison of great value, the soldiers quarreled among themselves for the booty, so that while they were fighting with one another, and dividing the spoil, Pompey made his escape.”
“As regards the assertion that this is a basin and not a helmet I have already given an answer; but as to the question whether this is a pack – saddle or a caparison I will not venture to give a positive opinion, but will leave it to your worships 'better judgment.”
“As to whether it be pack – saddle or caparison," said the curate, "it is only for Senor Don Quixote to say; for in these matters of chivalry all these gentlemen and I bow to his authority.”
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