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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpæɹəfəˈneɪli.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌpɛɹəfɚˈneɪli.ə/, /ˌpɛɹəfəˈneɪli.ə/
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- Rhymes: -eɪliə
- Hyphenation: par‧a‧pher‧na‧lia
paraphernalia pl (plural only)
- 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.
- (archaic) Things a woman owns, apart from her dowry.
- (woman's possessions): parapherna