Definition of paraphernalia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpærəfəˈneɪliə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpærəfəˈneɪliə//
, also NAmE//ˌpærəfərˈneɪliə//
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a large number of objects or personal possessions, especially the equipment that you need for a particular activity skiing paraphernalia an electric kettle and all the paraphernalia for making tea and coffee Word Originmid 17th cent. (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’).Extra examples He was arrested for possessing syringes and other drug paraphernalia. They were kept busy sorting out a house and furniture and the paraphernalia of married life. the medical paraphernalia associated with an intensive care unit
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