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paraphernalia

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Etymology

The origin of the word is in ancient Greek (para + pherne), '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 her property.

Noun

Singular
paraphernalia

Plural
-

paraphernalia (-)
  1. (plural only; not used in singular form) 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. (archaic) Things a woman owned, apart from her dowry.

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