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In plural A married woman's paraphernalia. By extension (Scottish): miscellaneous belongings; odds and ends, bits and pieces. Also occasionally in singular: an item of paraphernalia.
Of, belonging to, or of the nature of a married woman's paraphernalia. Also: (of things, especially personal belongings) miscellaneous, that are pieces of paraphernalia.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Will of Alice Love formerly Oxenbridge. From Middle French paraphernel, parapharnel, paraphernal (French paraphernal), adjective (15th cent. in biens parapharnelz paraphernal goods, married woman's paraphernalia; compare Old Occitan (Gascon) bes parafernals, Catalan béns parafernals) from post-classical Latin paraphernalis. In later use perhaps independently from paraphernal<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in John Erskine (1695–1768), advocate and jurist. From post-classical Latin paraphernalis from classical Latin paraferna + -ālis.
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