Definition of paraphernalia in English:


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  • 1Miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.

    ‘drills, saws, and other paraphernalia necessary for home improvements’
    • ‘drugs and drug paraphernalia that had been discovered on the premises’
    • ‘Drug paraphernalia and empty wine bottles lay strewn among layers of rotting food, dirty cardboard boxes and stinking blankets.’
    • ‘Around £2,000 cash was also found along with drug paraphernalia including scales and cutting boards.’
    • ‘A party ensued, with marquees blasting out music and a market area selling drugs and festival paraphernalia such as glow sticks.’
    • ‘Items on auction include left over shop stock, fittings, computer equipment and other environmental paraphernalia.’
    • ‘We still have the human resources at all levels and we still have the equipment and paraphernalia for general elections.’
    • ‘Various other bits and pieces of paraphernalia or equipment in the process can be a source of infection for Hep-C as well.’
    • ‘Various other equipment and military paraphernalia have been found in the area over the years.’
    • ‘Begrudgingly, the guru agreed and the priest left to collect the necessary paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Both of my boys have been raised around computer paraphernalia and tools.’
    • ‘Despite all the tools and paraphernalia, many people feel that the most important ingredient is the Witch.’
    • ‘I would contend a crucial first step in the fight against bigotry is to ban the vendors outside the grounds who sell the paraphernalia which causes most offense.’
    • ‘Only most incidents pass unreported because they occur away from the ground and the accompanying paraphernalia of cameras and notebooks.’
    • ‘Through this, my dad slowly but surely built a reputation for quality and timely delivery of printed paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Apart from the sponsor company's paraphernalia, there were big displays of chessboards.’
    • ‘But it must go much farther than merely banning the sale of paramilitary paraphernalia near the club grounds.’
    • ‘A UN flag and an Indian flag now form part of his paraphernalia in the travel kit.’
    • ‘Of course, no one could prove that, as he had all of the necessary ID, credit cards, and other paraphernalia.’
    • ‘They, in spite of the most expensive and elaborate defense paraphernalia of the US Government, feel defenseless.’
    • ‘Pro shooters walk around with those funny khaki vests with large pockets all over them stuffed with paraphernalia and lenses.’
    • ‘At one event, a giant Christmas cracker had been lowered to the ground containing all manner of party paraphernalia including party balloons and hats.’
    equipment, stuff, things, apparatus, tackle, kit, implements, tools, utensils, material, materials, appliances, rig, outfit, accoutrements, appurtenances, impedimenta, miscellaneous articles, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, trappings, accessories
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    1. 1.1Trappings associated with a particular institution or activity that are regarded as superfluous.
      ‘the rituals and paraphernalia of government’
      • ‘Though these comforts are the paraphernalia associated with aristocrats, priority for the same assumes a logic.’
      • ‘The basic paraphernalia associated with a Mumbai beachside is in the Temple City, albeit for a limited period.’
      • ‘At the focus of the pueblo was a large plaza in which was a great kiva flanked by rectangular rooms, possibly storerooms for food and ritual paraphernalia.’
      • ‘He looked around pointedly at the ritual paraphernalia which surrounded us.’
      • ‘The theatre and paraphernalia of church ritual were rejected, as was the distinction between clergy and laity.’
      • ‘Most of the paraphernalia we have come to associate with funerals today is of Victorian invention and aesthetic.’
      belongings, luggage, baggage, paraphernalia, effects, supplies, provisions, trappings, appurtenances, impedimenta
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/ˌperəfə(r)ˈnālyə/ /ˌpɛrəfə(r)ˈneɪljə/


Mid 17th century (denoting property owned by a married woman): from medieval Latin, based on Greek parapherna ‘property apart from a dowry’, from para ‘distinct from’ + pherna (from phernē ‘dower’).