caparison

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Knight on caparisoned steed

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French caparaçon, from Old Spanish caparazón, from Old Provençal capairon.

Noun[edit]

caparison (plural caparisons)

  1. The often ornamental coverings for an animal, especially a horse or an elephant.
    • 1861, Charlotte Guest, translator, The Mabinogion/The Dream of Rhonabwy.
      And the green of the caparison of the horse, and of his rider, was as green as the leaves of the fir-tree, and the yellow was as yellow as the blossom of the broom.
  2. Gay or rich clothing.
    • Smollett
      My heart groans beneath the gay caparison.

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Verb[edit]

caparison (third-person singular simple present caparisons, present participle caparisoning, simple past and past participle caparisoned)

  1. To dress up a horse or elephant with ornamental coverings.
    • 1593, Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 5, Scene 3.
      Come, bustle, bustle; caparison my horse

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