Some of the paraphernalia the mother of an infant would need.
An example of the paraphernalia of motherhood is baby bottles, car seats, strollers and diapers.
- personal belongings
- articles, usually things used in some activity; equipment; apparatus; specif., the apparatus used in the storage or use of illegal drugs
- Obs., Law
- personal property given to a wife by her husband which he may dispose of during his life, but which passes to her at his death
- the separate personal property of a wife over which her husband has no control
Origin of paraphernaliaML, short for paraphernalia bona, wife's own goods from Late Latin parapherna from Gr, bride's possessions beyond her dower from para-, beyond (see para-) + phern?, a dowry, portion from pherein, to bear
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer's paraphernalia. See Synonyms at equipment.
- Law Personal property used by a married woman that, although actually owned by her husband and subject to claims by his creditors, becomes her personal property after his death.
Origin of paraphernaliaMedieval Latin paraphernālia neuter pl. of paraphernālis pertaining to the parapherna a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry from Late Latin from Greek para- beyond ; see para- 1. phernē dowry ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
The origin of the word is Ancient Greek Ï€Î±ÏÎ¬ (para) + Ï†ÎµÏÎ½Î® (phernÄ“) (“things additional to a dowry"). In the propertied classes, a dowry was placed under the control of the husband, while the 'paraphernalia' which she brought with her remained the wife's property.