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 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 paraphern&amacron;lia, neuter pl. of paraphern&amacron;lis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Late Latin, from Greek : para-, beyond; see para–1 + phern&emacron;, 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.