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  • n. Plural form of caparison.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of caparison.


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  • It is true, that certain envious rivals have compared them to birds of prey, scenting mortality from afar, and hovering like vultures on the trail of death, in order to profit by his dart; but such "caparisons," as Mrs. Malaprop says, "are odorous," and we will have nothing to do with them.

    Victorian Funerals and Mourning

  • Leondard Opdycke notes, "These devices [imprese] so much in vogue during the 16th century in Italy, were the 'inventions' which Giovio (ca. 1480) says 'the great lords and noble cavaliers of our time like to wear on their armour, caparisons and banners, to signify a part of their generous thoughts.' [fig. 4.16] They consisted of a figure or picture, and a motto nearly always in Latin" (Book of the Courtier, 329n40).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • I reached the brow of the hill and saw warriors riding in orderly splendor down the other side, their caparisons bright in the dim snowlight.


  • The caparisons of the royal elephant were of scarlet cloth, richly embroidered with gold.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • More than one hundred and twenty-five best United States model wagons and splendid teams with gay caparisons were secured and driven off.

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • The way was lined by ushers and officers in caparisons that gleamed like steel, and beyond their line, so far as my eyes could pierce the gloom, the heads of that enormous crowd extended.

    First Men in the Moon

  • “The Alfaqui offers 100,000 dinars, twenty-four horses with their caparisons, twenty-four suits of plate-armor, and diamonds and rubies to the amount of 1,000,000 dinars.”


  • They were richly armed, and clothed in the most brilliant colors, and the caparisons of their steeds flamed with gold and embroidery.

    Washington Irving

  • At length horses, whose caparisons showed that they belonged to the

    Old Mortality

  • Also they brought many horses and mules vnto him furnished with trappes and caparisons, some being made of leather, and some of iron.

    The long and wonderful voyage of Frier Iohn de Plano Carpini


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