What does caparison mean?

Definitions for caparison
kəˈpær ə sənca·pari·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caparison, trapping, housingverb

    stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse

  2. caparison, bard, barde, dress upverb

    put a caparison on

    "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"


  1. caparisonnoun

    The often ornamental coverings for an animal, especially a horse or an elephant.

  2. caparisonverb

    To dress up a horse or elephant with ornamental coverings.

  3. Etymology: from caparazón.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAPARISONnoun

    A horse-cloth, or a sort of cover for a horse, which is spread over his furniture. Farrier’s Dict.

    Etymology: caparazon, a great cloke, Span.

    Tilting furniture, emblazon’d shields,
    Impresses quaint, caparisons, and steeds,
    Bases, and tinsel trappings, gorgeous knights,
    At joust, and tournament. Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 31.

    Some wore a breastplate, and a light juppon;
    Their horses cloath’d with rich caparison. John Dryden, Fab.

  2. To Caparisonverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    At his command,
    The steeds, caparison’d with purple, stand;
    With golden trappings, glorious to behold,
    And champ betwixt their teeth the foaming gold. Dryden.

    Don’t you think, though I am caparisoned like a man, I have a doublet and hose in my disposition? William Shakespeare, As you like it.


  1. Caparison

    A caparison is a cloth covering laid over a horse or other animal for protection and decoration. In modern times, they are used mainly in parades and for historical reenactments. A similar term is horse-trapper. The word is derived from the Latin caparo, meaning a cape.


  1. caparison

    A caparison is an ornamental covering or decorative cloth for a horse or other animal, often seen in parades or ceremonies. It can also refer to an elaborate and decorative covering or outfit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caparisonnoun

    an ornamental covering or housing for a horse; the harness or trappings of a horse, taken collectively, esp. when decorative

  2. Caparisonnoun

    gay or rich clothing

  3. Caparisonverb

    to cover with housings, as a horse; to harness or fit out with decorative trappings, as a horse

  4. Caparisonverb

    to aborn with rich dress; to dress

  5. Etymology: [F. caparaon, fr. Sp. caparazon a cover for a saddle, coach, etc.; capa cloak, cover (fr. LL. capa, cf. LL. caparo also fr. capa) + the term. azon. See Cap.]


  1. Caparison

    A caparison is a covering, or cloth, laid over a horse or other animal, especially a pack animal, or horse of state. In modern times, it is used mainly for decoration in parades and for historical reenactments. A similar term is horse-trapper.The word is of Spanish origin, being derived from an augmentative form of the Latin word caput, "head".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caparison

    ka-par′is-un, n. the covering of a horse: a rich cloth laid over a war-horse: dress and ornaments generally.—v.t. to cover with a cloth, as a horse: to dress very richly.—adj. Capar′isoned. [Fr. caparaçon—Sp. caparazon, augmentative of capa, a cape, cover—Low L. cappa.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. caparison

    The bridle, saddle, and housing of a military horse.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caparison in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caparison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Translations for caparison

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  • hepenet, loimi, koristeloimiFinnish
  • чепра́к, попо́наRussian

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    A carry
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