Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Hasan a steed of the best and equipped him in panoply and weaponed him with goodly weapons.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I ` m going to go look up the word panoply or whatever it was.

    CNN Transcript Sep 6, 2007

  • The fact that Harlequin, Virtue and Pleasure are incorporated into the list suggests that the entire panoply is understood to be similarly fanciful.

    Through Colonial Spectacles: the Irish Vizier and the Female-Knight in James Cobb

  • Votes were passed for deposing the Four Hundred, and placing the government in the hands of the 5000, of whom every citizen who could furnish a panoply might be a member.

    A Smaller history of Greece From the earliest times to the Roman conquest

  • "Social welfare" was defined as a panoply of expenditures, including health care, housing support, unemployment benefit, disability allowances, family support and help for job seekers.

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  • It was just like a Hollywood movie and it was something that people in England have not seen for a long time and I don't think that anybody had had that kind of panoply of grandeur.

    CNN Transcript Nov 4, 2005

  • The Greeks, among other weapons (such as bow and arrow), military tools and machines which they were implicating in war, were using most often for a body to body combat swords and spears and possibly less often axes, and of course they were protecting their bodies by using a "panoply" of defensive tools and clothing.

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  • The Doctor had spent the night in devotion, and came from his oratory clad in that celestial panoply which is proof against the terrors of military array.

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  • In Greek society Since hoplites supplied their 'panoply' (in this context meaning his armour and weapons) from their own personal equipment, they needed to be sufficiently wealthy to afford this.

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  • Meanwhile, he touted his office's "panoply" of anti-firearm measures such as seeking two-year mandatory sentences on carrying offenses and 10-year sentences for shootings.

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