Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman law, the property which a bride possessed and reserved over and above the dowry she brought to her husband; that portion of the wife's property which was held by her under the strict law applicable to a woman marrying without coming under the hand.
- n. law, historical A woman's property which was not made a part of her marriage dower but remained her own.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Law) The property of a woman which, on her marriage, was not made a part of her dower, but remained her own.
- Latin (Wiktionary)
“Medieval Latin paraphernlia, neuter plural of paraphernlis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman’s property exclusive of her dowry, from the Greek : para beyond + phern-dowry.”
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