Paraphernalia meaning

părə-fər-nālyə, -fə-nālyə
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.

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Personal belongings.
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The articles used in a particular activity; equipment.

A photographer's paraphernalia.

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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.
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(plural only) Miscellaneous items, especially the set of equipment required for a particular activity; stuff.

He has an impressive collection of bicycling paraphernalia, but he doesn't ride very often anymore.

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(archaic) Things a woman owns, apart from her dowry.
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Articles, usually things used in some activity; equipment; apparatus; specif., the apparatus used in the storage or use of illegal drugs.
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Origin of paraphernalia

  • Medieval 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 para–1 phernē dowry bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The origin of the word is Ancient Greek παρά (para) + φερνή (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.

    From Wiktionary