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Borrowed from Ancient Greek πανοπλία (panoplía, suit of armour).


  • IPA(key): /ˈpænəpli/
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panoply (plural panoplies)

  1. A splendid display of something. [from 1829]
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 459,
      Even though we cannot affirm that the products of mimesis are invested in the panoply of existence.
  2. (by extension, historical) A collection or display of weaponry.
  3. Ceremonial garments, complete with all accessories.
  4. (historical) A complete set of armour. [from 1570s]
  5. (by extension) Something that covers and protects.
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      [I]n short, sneering and fleering at him in her cold barren way; all which, however, he, the man he was, could receive on thick enough panoply, or even rebound therefrom, and also go his way.
  6. (by extension) A broad or full range or complete set.

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