- 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.
- full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.
Origin of panoply
Related Wordsarray, exhibit, fanfare, parade, show, splash, dash, pretension, spectacle, affectation, demonstration, frippery, layout, exposure, panorama, arrangement, spread, exposition, exhibition, scheme
Examples from the Web for panoply
While a panoply of other circuses operated, these grew even larger.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
Just as at the weekend, a panoply of emergency personnel descended on the scene in October.Casey Kasem's Family's Top 40 Meltdown Moments
June 3, 2014
“Destination,” meanwhile, presents a panoply of nightlife hotspots, serene beaches, and luscious vineyards.South African Style and Substance
June 28, 2010
There is no panoply like that which love provides, and she who bears it has the whole armour of God.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
We reach here the last and only offensive weapon in the panoply.Expositions of Holy Scripture
The pavilion of God is the saint's place of rest; the panoply of God is his coat of mail.George Muller of Bristol
Arthur T. Pierson
And, amid that panoply of long-ago, she recognised Séverac Bablon.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
He was a savage, in the war-paint and panoply of a Blackfoot brave.The Prairie Chief
- a complete or magnificent array
- the entire equipment of a warrior
Word Origin and History for panoply
1570s, from Greek panoplia "complete suit of armor," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + hopla (plural), "arms" of a hoplites ("heavily armed soldier"); see hoplite. Originally in English figurative, of "spiritual armor," etc. (a reference to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of "any splendid array" first recorded 1829.