- miscellaneous articles or equipment
- (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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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?
- personal belongings:[plural; used with a plural verb]Their paraphernalia were stored in trunks.
- (sometimes used with a singular v.) equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity: a skier's paraphernalia.
- (used with a plural v.) personal belongings.
- (used with a singular v.) [Law.]the personal articles, apart from dower, reserved by law to a married woman.
- 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 (
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appointments, appurtenances, accouterments, trappings.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effects.