[ kuh-par-uh-suh n ]
/ kəˈpær ə sən /


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 forms

un·ca·par·i·soned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caparison


/ (kəˈpærɪsən) /


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

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