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- n. A woman's property which was not made a part of her marriage dower but remained her own.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The property of a woman which, on her marriage, was not made a part of her dower, but remained her own.
from The 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.
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.