Definition of paraphernalia in US English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural Miscellaneous 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’
    • ‘Only most incidents pass unreported because they occur away from the ground and the accompanying paraphernalia of cameras and notebooks.’
    • ‘Of course, no one could prove that, as he had all of the necessary ID, credit cards, and other paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Despite all the tools and paraphernalia, many people feel that the most important ingredient is the Witch.’
    • ‘Through this, my dad slowly but surely built a reputation for quality and timely delivery of printed paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Both of my boys have been raised around computer paraphernalia and tools.’
    • ‘Begrudgingly, the guru agreed and the priest left to collect the necessary paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Apart from the sponsor company's paraphernalia, there were big displays of chessboards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At one event, a giant Christmas cracker had been lowered to the ground containing all manner of party paraphernalia including party balloons and hats.’
    • ‘But it must go much farther than merely banning the sale of paramilitary paraphernalia near the club grounds.’
    • ‘We still have the human resources at all levels and we still have the equipment and paraphernalia for general elections.’
    • ‘Various other equipment and military paraphernalia have been found in the area over the years.’
    • ‘They, in spite of the most expensive and elaborate defense paraphernalia of the US Government, feel defenseless.’
    • ‘Various other bits and pieces of paraphernalia or equipment in the process can be a source of infection for Hep-C as well.’
    • ‘Drug paraphernalia and empty wine bottles lay strewn among layers of rotting food, dirty cardboard boxes and stinking blankets.’
    • ‘Items on auction include left over shop stock, fittings, computer equipment and other environmental paraphernalia.’
    • ‘A UN flag and an Indian flag now form part of his paraphernalia in the travel kit.’
    • ‘Pro shooters walk around with those funny khaki vests with large pockets all over them stuffed with paraphernalia and lenses.’
    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. 1.1 Trappings 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.’
      • ‘Most of the paraphernalia we have come to associate with funerals today is of Victorian invention and aesthetic.’
      • ‘The theatre and paraphernalia of church ritual were rejected, as was the distinction between clergy and laity.’
      • ‘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.’
      belongings, luggage, baggage, effects, supplies, provisions, trappings, appurtenances, impedimenta
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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’).