caparison

[ kuh-par-uh-suh n ]
/ kəˈpær ə sən /

noun

a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.

verb (used with object)

to cover with a caparison.
to dress richly; deck.

Origin of caparison

1585–95; < Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) < Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa cape1
Related formsun·ca·par·i·soned, adjective
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caparison

/ (kəˈpærɪsən) /

noun

a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse
rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments

verb

(tr) to put a caparison on

Word Origin for caparison

C16: via obsolete French from Old Spanish caparazón saddlecloth, probably from capa cape 1
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Word Origin and History for caparison

caparison


n.

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.

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