Origin of paraphernalia
Examples from the Web for paraphernal
She was suing him for a separation, and property, dotal and paraphernal.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
British Dictionary definitions for paraphernal
pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
Word Origin for paraphernalia
Word Origin and History for paraphernal
1650s, "a woman's property besides her dowry," from Medieval Latin paraphernalia (short for paraphernalia bona "paraphernal goods"), neuter plural of paraphernalis (adj.), from Late Latin parapherna "a woman's property besides her dowry," from Greek parapherna, neuter plural, from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + pherne "dowry," related to pherein "to carry" (see infer). Meaning "equipment, apparatus" is first attested 1791, from notion of odds and ends.