paraphernalia[par′ə fər nāl′yə, -nā′lē ə]
- Paraphernalia are personal belongings or the things that you need to do a task.
An example of the paraphernalia of motherhood is baby bottles, car seats, strollers and diapers.
Some of the paraphernalia the mother of an infant would need.
- personal belongings
- any collection of articles, usually things used in some activity; equipment; apparatus; trappings; gear
- Law, Obsolete
- 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 paraphernaliaMedieval Latin short for paraphernalia bona, wife's own goods ; from Late Latin parapherna ; from Classical Greek bride's possessions beyond her dower ; from para-, beyond (see para-) + phernē, a dowry, portion ; from pherein, to bear
plural noun(used 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 παρά (para) + φερνή (phernē) (“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.