paraphernalia

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A loan from Ancient Greek παράφερνα (parápherna, goods which a wife brings over and above her dowry), a compound of παρά (pará, beside) +‎ φερνή (phernḗ, dowry), i.e. “things additional to a dowry”. In the propertied classes, a dowry was placed under the control of the husband, while the 'paraphernalia' which she brought with her remained the wife’s property.

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paraphernalia pl (plural only)

  1. Miscellaneous items, especially the set of equipment required for a particular activity; stuff.
    He has an impressive collection of bicycling paraphernalia, but he doesn't ride very often anymore.
  2. (archaic) Things a woman owns, apart from her dowry.

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