- (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
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Examples from the Web for paraphernalia
The conversation turned to Elvis when the Duchess mentioned her growing collection of Presley recordings and paraphernalia.The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis: Remembering Lunch with 'Debo,' The Last Mitford Sister
September 27, 2014
Game of Thrones—or at least its paraphernalia—is inescapable these days.Kanye West, John Legend & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
August 4, 2013
There were elaborate errands, chores, and routines to securing drugs and disposing of paraphernalia.Lance Armstrong’s Teammate Tells All: ‘The Secret Race’ By Tyler Hamilton
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2012
The bulk of the video was of photographs and paraphernalia Young said she found in plain sight on a kitchen counter.Cheri Young, the ‘Steel Magnolia’ of the Edwards Trial, Shoves Back
May 2, 2012
I also have Wonder Woman paraphernalia from when I wrote five issues of the comic, and pictures of my husband and kids.Jodi Picoult on Writing, Publishing, and What She’s Reading
April 3, 2012
You might overlook the most important part of my paraphernalia; and really I am not damaged.Her Father's Daughter
He might have been accorded a Roman triumph had there been time and paraphernalia.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
He recalled that the rest of his paraphernalia had gone to the bottom with the May Schofield.The Harbor of Doubt
He would have been glad to banish all the paraphernalia of war.Union and Democracy
The tents were struck and all the paraphernalia of the camp was returned to the three vans.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
- 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 and History for paraphernalia
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.