from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings.
- n. Richly ornamented clothing; finery.
- transitive v. To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering.
- transitive v. To dress (another) in rich clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To cover with housings, as a horse; to harness or fit out with decorative trappings, as a horse.
- transitive v. To adorn with rich dress; to dress.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put a caparison on
- n. stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
Obsolete French caparasson, from Old Spanish caparazón, from Medieval Latin cappa, cloak; see cape1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French, from Old Spanish caparazón. (Wiktionary)