[ kuh-par-uh-suhn ]
See synonyms for: caparisoncaparisonedcaparisoning on

  1. a decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.

  2. rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with a caparison.

  2. to dress richly; deck.

Origin of caparison

1585–95; <Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) <Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capacape1

Other words from caparison

  • un·ca·par·i·soned, adjective

Words Nearby caparison Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use caparison in a sentence

  • At the sound the grooms, who were here and there in the press, hasted to find and caparison the horses of their lords.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • Equally apparent is the caparison of their horses; these carrying cavalry saddles, with peaks and cantles brass mounted.

    The Lone Ranche | Captain Mayne Reid
  • At to-morrow's dawn my esquire shall begin to burnish up my armour—and caparison my courser.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness | Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • The caparison of the knightly steed appears to have been of five kinds.

  • All the women kissed his hand as he rode by on his bay, with fiery red caparison.

    Walter Pieterse | Multatuli

British Dictionary definitions for caparison


/ (kəˈpærɪsən) /

  1. a decorated covering for a horse or other animal, esp (formerly) for a warhorse

  2. rich or elaborate clothing and ornaments

  1. (tr) to put a caparison on

Origin of caparison

C16: via obsolete French from Old Spanish caparazón saddlecloth, probably from capa cape 1

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