Origin of paraphernalia
Synonyms for paraphernalia
Related Words for paraphernaliasregalia, gear, machinery, equipage, apparatus, materiel, things, material, outfit, impedimenta, baggage, stuff, tackle, trappings, effects, accoutrements
pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)
Word Origin 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.