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[pan-uh-plee] /ˈpæn ə pli/
noun, plural panoplies.
a wide-ranging and impressive array or display:
the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
a complete suit of armor.
a protective covering.
full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.
Origin of panoply
1570-80; < Greek panoplía full complement of arms and armor, equivalent to pan- pan- + (h)ópl(a) arms, armor (cf. hoplite) + -ia -ia
Related forms
panoplied, adjective
unpanoplied, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is no panoply like that which love provides, and she who bears it has the whole armour of God.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • We reach here the last and only offensive weapon in the panoply.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • The pavilion of God is the saint's place of rest; the panoply of God is his coat of mail.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • And, amid that panoply of long-ago, she recognised Séverac Bablon.

  • He was a savage, in the war-paint and panoply of a Blackfoot brave.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • Oh, with what panoply of prayer she sought to shield that beloved breast!

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This panoply of power had been paraded before her since childhood.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for panoply


noun (pl) -plies
a complete or magnificent array
the entire equipment of a warrior
Derived Forms
panoplied, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via French from Greek panoplia complete armour, from pan- + hopla armour, pl of hoplon tool
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Contemporary definitions for panoply

a full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering

Word Origin

Greek pan- + hopla 'armor''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for panoply

1570s, from Greek panoplia "complete suit of armor," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + hopla (plural), "arms" of a hoplites ("heavily armed soldier"); see hoplite. Originally in English figurative, of "spiritual armor," etc. (a reference to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of "any splendid array" first recorded 1829.

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