Friday, August 01, 2008
panoply noun [PAN-uh-plee] a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
Definitions for panoply
- 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.
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Citations for panoply
A building like 135 Duane, with its panoply of enterprises, had its idiosyncrasies but nonetheless conformed to the prevailing narrative.
They are wrong: fear of flying is fear of flying, not of death, a fear as particular and specific as a fear of spiders, or of the void, or of cats, three common examples among the thousands that make up the panoply of human fears.
Origin of panoply
Panoply entered English in the late 1500s, and comes from the Greek word panoplía, meaning "a full complement of arms and armor.”