- an ornamented covering for a horse; trappings
- clothing, equipment, and ornaments; outfit
Origin of caparisonFrench caparaçon from Old Provençal caparasso, large hooded cloak from capa: see cape
- to cover (a horse) with trappings
- to adorn with rich clothing; deck out
- An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings.
- Richly ornamented clothing; finery.
transitive verbca·par·i·soned, ca·par·i·son·ing, ca·par·i·sons
- To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering.
- To dress (another) in rich clothing.
Origin of caparisonObsolete French caparasson from Old Spanish caparazón from Medieval Latin cappa cloak ; see cape 1.
from the 15th-century Italian illuminated manuscript Codex Capodilista
- The often ornamental coverings for an animal, especially a horse or an elephant.
- Gay or rich clothing.
(third-person singular simple present caparisons, present participle caparisoning, simple past and past participle caparisoned)
- To dress up a horse or elephant with ornamental coverings.
From Middle French caparaçon, from Old Spanish caparazón, from Old Provençal capairon.