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  • adj. Having a richly ornamented harness.
  • adj. Dressed in richly ornamented finery.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of caparison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Covered with a caparison or decorated cloth, as a horse; decked; adorned.
  • In heraldry, harnessed: used of a horse when saddled and prepared for the field.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. clothed in finery (especially a horse in ornamental trappings)


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  • "He had not, therefore, returned home the same way but had taken the quicker route to Jewry by going over the bridge and passing through the town so that he could see the carriages and caparisoned horses of the visiting Jews in Chaim's stable."

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