[ pan-uh-plee ]
/ ˈpæn ə pli /

noun, plural pan·o·plies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. panocha,
  2. panoche,
  3. panofsky,
  4. panofsky, erwin,
  5. panophthalmia,
  6. panoptic,
  7. panopticon,
  8. panorama,
  9. panoramic,
  10. panoramic camera

Origin of panoply

1570–80; < Greek panoplía full complement of arms and armor, equivalent to pan- pan- + (h)ópl(a) arms, armor (cf. hoplite) + -ia -ia

Related formspan·o·plied, adjectiveun·pan·o·plied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for panoply


/ (ˈpænəplɪ) /

noun plural -plies

a complete or magnificent array
the entire equipment of a warrior
Derived Formspanoplied, adjective

Word Origin for panoply

C17: via French from Greek panoplia complete armour, from pan- + hopla armour, pl of hoplon tool

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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.

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