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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.

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

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  • hepenet, loimi, koristeloimiFinnish
  • чепра́к, попо́наRussian

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    the act of catching an object with the hands
    • A. vigorish
    • B. dint
    • C. elation
    • D. snap

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