What does panoply mean?

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ˈpæn ə plipanop·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. panoplynoun

    a complete and impressive array


  1. Panoplynoun

    Hence: Any full set of elaborate attire, complete with accessories or accompanying paraphernalia; any elaborate special or ceremonial attire and equipment.

    Etymology: [Gr. panopli`a; pa^s, pa^n, all + "o`plon tool, implement, in pl., armor, arms.]

  2. Panoplynoun

    Hence: Any impressive complete array; as, the full panoply of a presidential funeral.

    Etymology: [Gr. panopli`a; pa^s, pa^n, all + "o`plon tool, implement, in pl., armor, arms.]


  1. panoplynoun

    A splendid display of something.

    Etymology: πανοπλία, from πάν+ ὅπλον.

  2. panoplynoun

    a collection or display of weaponry

    Etymology: πανοπλία, from πάν+ ὅπλον.

  3. panoplynoun

    Ceremonial garments, complete with all accessories.

    Etymology: πανοπλία, from πάν+ ὅπλον.

  4. panoplynoun

    A complete set of armour.

    Etymology: πανοπλία, from πάν+ ὅπλον.

  5. panoplynoun

    Something that covers and protects.

    Etymology: πανοπλία, from πάν+ ὅπλον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Panoplynoun

    defensive armor in general; a full suit of defensive armor

    Etymology: [Gr. panopli`a; pa^s, pa^n, all + "o`plon tool, implement, in pl., armor, arms.]


  1. Panoply

    A panoply is a complete suit of armour. The word represents the ancient Greek πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "all", and ὅπλον, "arms". Thus "panoply" refers to the full armour of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance. As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of plate armour covering the whole body. Because a panoply is a complete set of diverse components, the word panoply has come to refer to any complete or impressive collection, especially one of weaponry or where it is displayed, thus an arsenal or armory. As heavy armour is rarely worn in the present age, this latter meaning is the more common in modern usage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Panoply

    pan′ō-pli, n. complete armour: a full suit of armour.—adj. Pan′oplied, dressed in panoply: completely armed.—n. Pan′oplist, one so armed. [Gr. panopliapas, pan, all, hopla (pl.), arms.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. panoply

    Complete armor, or harness.

Editors Contribution

  1. panoply

    A panoply of things is a wide range of them, especially one that is considered impressive; a full suit of armor,the entire equipment of a warrior;ceremonial attire,Ceremonial garments, complete with all accessories;full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.something forming a protective covering;a magnificent or impressive array;a large and impressive range of things;a display of all appropriate appurtenances; a wide range or collection of different things;An impressive or ostentatious exhibition:array, display, parade, pomp, show, spectacle.trappings, show, dress, get-up (informal), turnout, attire, garb, insignia, regalia, raiment ,array, range, display, collection.

    A panoply of ambitious fascists tried to exploit the discontent.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 23, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of panoply in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of panoply in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of panoply in a Sentence

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    When there is tension between civil rights and the criminal rights of an accused, the courts often emphasize the need for a fair trial and the panoply of rights afforded a criminal defendant.

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    [ Foreign ] companies will be squeezed out over The Global Time by Chinese competitors and China's panoply of anti-competitive practices, still, given China's scale and ambition it is a formidable competitor to United States.

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