Definitions for paraphernaliaˌpær ə fərˈneɪl yə, -fəˈneɪl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•a•pher•na•liaˌpær ə fərˈneɪl yə, -fəˈneɪl-(n.)

  1. (often used with a pl. v.) equipment, apparatus, or furnishings used in or necessary for a particular activity.

  2. (used with a pl. v.) personal belongings.

  3. (used with a sing. v.) Law. the personal property of a married woman, which she may bequeath.

    Category: Law

Origin of paraphernalia:

1470–80; < ML paraphernālia (bona) a bride's goods beyond her dowry = LL paraphern(a) a bride's property

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gear, paraphernalia, appurtenance(noun)

    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

Wiktionary

  1. paraphernalia(Noun)

    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.

  2. paraphernalia(Noun)

    Things a woman owns, apart from her dowry.

  3. Origin: The origin of the word is παρά + φερνή (“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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paraphernalia

    something reserved to a wife, over and above her dower, being chiefly apparel and ornaments suited to her degree

  2. Paraphernalia

    appendages; ornaments; finery; equipments

Freebase

  1. Paraphernalia

    This record is one of a string of mid-career recordings by Chicago natives Enuff Z'Nuff. Paraphernalia is arguably heavier in nature than many of their previous recordings. This album is also notable for its guest appearances from other famous Chicago area musicians, including Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, James Young of Styx, and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, all featured on lead guitar for several of the album's tracks. A promotional video was shot for the single "Freak." The director of the video, comedian Matt Kissane, is also a Chicago resident. Clips from the "Freak" video were televised nationally on VH-1. The song "Ain't It Funny" also received national exposure with the band's live performance on The Jenny Jones Show." The cover art of the U.S. version of the album is a homage to the rock band Queen's second album, "Queen II." The Japanese version of Paraphernalia features different artwork and fewer songs than its domestic counterpart. While promoting this record, the full band toured in Japan for the first time, where they have found some success over the years.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

paraphernalia(noun)

a (large) collection of (small) objects, often the tools etc for a job or hobby

a photographer's paraphernalia.

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