paraphernalia

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌpærəfərˈneɪliə/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌpærəfɚˈneɪljə, -fəˈneɪl-/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(par′ə fər nālyə, -fə nāl-)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
par•a•pher•na•lia /ˌpærəfɚˈneɪlyə, -fəˈneɪl-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. equipment or items necessary for a particular activity: [plural;  used with a plural verb] :All the maps and travel paraphernalia were stored in the glove compartment.[uncountable;  used with a singular verb]Is all this paraphernalia necessary to take a simple picture?
  2. personal belongings:[plural;  used with a plural verb]Their paraphernalia were stored in trunks.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
par•a•pher•na•lia  (par′ə fər nālyə, -fə nāl-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (sometimes used with a singular v.) equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity: a skier's paraphernalia.
  2. (used with a plural v.) personal belongings.
  3. (used with a singular v.) [Law.]the personal articles, apart from dower, reserved by law to a married woman.
par′a•pher•nalian, par•a•pher•nal  (par′ə fər nālyə, -fə nāl-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Greek parápherna, equivalent. to para- para-1 + phern(é̄) dowry, derivative of phérein to bear1 + -a neuter plural noun, nominal suffix) + Latin -ālia, noun, nominal use of neuter plural of -ālis -al1
  • Medieval Latin paraphernālia (bona) a bride's goods, beyond her dowry, equivalent. to Late Latin paraphern(a) a bride's property (
  • 1470–80;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appointments, appurtenances, accouterments, trappings.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effects.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
paraphernalia /ˌpærəfəˈneɪlɪə/ pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
  1. miscellaneous articles or equipment
  2. (formerly) articles of personal property given to a married woman by her husband before or during marriage and regarded in law as her possessions over which she has some measure of control
Etymology: 17th Century: via Medieval Latin from Latin parapherna personal property of a married woman, apart from her dowry, from Greek, from para-1 + phernē dowry, from pherein to carry
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