from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A splendid or striking array: a panoply of colorful flags. See Synonyms at display.
- n. Ceremonial attire with all accessories: a portrait of the general in full panoply.
- n. Something that covers and protects: a porcupine's panoply of quills.
- n. The complete arms and armor of a warrior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A splendid display of something.
- n. a collection or display of weaponry
- n. Ceremonial garments, complete with all accessories.
- n. A complete set of armour.
- n. Something that covers and protects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Defensive armor in general; a full suit of defensive armor.
- n. Any full set of elaborate attire, complete with accessories or accompanying paraphernalia; any elaborate special or ceremonial attire and equipment.
- n. Any impressive complete array.
- n. Any complete array of devices used in an endeavor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A complete set or suit of arms, offensive and defensive; the complete defensive armor of any period, especially that from the fifteenth century onward, when all the pieces were of wrought steel and accurately adapted to their purpose: often used figuratively.
- n. A group or assemblage of pieces of defensive armor, with or without weapons, arranged as a sort of trophy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a complete and impressive array
Greek panopliā : pan-, pan- + hopla, arms, armor, pl. of hoplon, weapon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek πανοπλία (panoplía), from πάν (pan, "all") (English pan-) + ὅπλον (oplos, "arms") (English hopl-). (Wiktionary)