- a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
- rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.
- to cover with a caparison.
- to dress richly; deck.
Origin of caparison
Examples from the Web for caparison
Historical Examples of caparison
It is a costume imposing and picturesque; while the caparison of his horse is in keeping with it.Gaspar the Gaucho
The Caparison of the knightly steed appears to have been of five kinds.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe
Caparison, ka-par′is-un, n. the covering of a horse: a rich cloth laid over a war-horse: dress and ornaments generally.
The bridling and caparison of his mount, a splendid chestnut, represented alone a small fortune.The Coming Conquest of England
To his practised eye, their caparison tells that they are intended only for a short excursion, not a journey.The Flag of Distress
- a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse
- rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments
- (tr) to put a caparison on
Word Origin for caparison
1570s, "cloth spread over a saddle," also "personal dress and ornaments," from Middle French caparasson (15c., Modern French caparaçon), from Spanish caparazón, perhaps from augmentative of Old Provençal caparasso "a mantle with a hood," or Medieval Latin caparo, the name of a type of cape worn by women, literally "chaperon" (see chaperon). Past participle adjective caparisoned is attested from c.1600, from a verb caparison (1590s), from French caparaçonner, from caparaçon.