[ par-uh-fer-neyl-yuh, -fuh-neyl- ]
/ ˌpær ə fərˈneɪl yə, -fəˈneɪl- /
(sometimes used with a singular verb) equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity: a skier's paraphernalia.
(used with a plural verb) personal belongings.
(used with a singular verb) Law. the personal articles, apart from dower, reserved by law to a married woman.
Origin of paraphernalia
1470–80; < Medieval Latin paraphernālia (bona) a bride's goods, beyond her dowry, equivalent to Late Latin paraphern(a) a bride's property (< Greek parápherna, equivalent to para- para-1 + phern(ḗ) dowry, derivative of phérein to bear1 + -a neuter plural noun suffix) + Latin -ālia, noun use of neuter plural of -ālis -al1
Related formspar·a·pher·na·lian, par·a·pher·nal [par-uh-fur-nl] /ˌpær əˈfɜr nl/, adjective
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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
/ (ˌpærəfəˈneɪlɪə) /
pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
miscellaneous articles or equipment
law (formerly) articles of personal property given to a married woman by her husband before or during marriage and regarded in law as her possessions over which she has some measure of control
Word Origin for paraphernalia
C17: via Medieval Latin from Latin parapherna personal property of a married woman, apart from her dowry, from Greek, from para- 1 + phernē dowry, from pherein to carry
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