American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Personal belongings.
- n. The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer's paraphernalia. See Synonyms at equipment.
- n. A married woman's personal property exclusive of her dowry, according to common law.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, those personal articles which the common law recognized the right of a married woman to own and keep, notwithstanding the marital right of her husband to her personal property in general. Under this name all the personal apparel, bedding, and ornaments which she possessed and had used during marriage, and which were suitable to her rank and condition of life, were deemed hers at common law.
- n. Personal ornaments or accessories of attire; trappings; equipments, especially such as are used on parade, or for ostentatious display, as the symbolic garments, ornaments, weapons, etc., used by freemasons or the like.
- n. Miscellaneous possessions, as the numerous small conveniences of a traveler, small decorative objects, and the like.
- n. Ornaments, or ornamental accessories, collectively.
- n. Miscellaneous items, especially the set of equipment required for a particular activity; stuff.
- n. archaic Things a woman owns, apart from her dowry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) Something reserved to a wife, over and above her dower, being chiefly apparel and ornaments suited to her degree.
- n. Personal belongings; ornaments; finery; sundry objects carried about for personal convenience.
- n. The appendages, apparatus, or equipment used in a particular activity.
- n. equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
- The origin of the word is Ancient Greek παρά (para) + φερνή (phernē) (“things additional to a dowry”). In the propertied classes, a dowry was placed under the control of the husband, while the 'paraphernalia' which she brought with her remained the wife’s property. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin paraphernālia, neuter pl. of paraphernālis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Greek : para-, beyond; see para-1 + phernē, dowry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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