- 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.
paraphernalia definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Midieval 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-) plush phernē, a dowry, portion ; from pherein, to bear
paraphernalia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
plural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- Personal belongings.
- The articles used in a particular activity; equipment: a photographer's paraphernalia. See Synonyms at equipment.
- A married woman's personal property exclusive of her dowry, according to common law.
Origin: Medieval Latin paraphernālia, neuter pl. of paraphernālis, pertaining to the parapherna, a married woman's property exclusive of her dowry, from Greek : para-, beyond; see para-1 + phernē, dowry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.