V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. equipment needed for a particular activity; 2. assorted objects or collectibles

Synonyms: equipment, gear, goods, accouterments, machinery, material, effects


Tips: Paraphernalia is derived from the Late Latin parapherna, which means "a woman's property besides her dowry." Think, property and equipment. You probably have heard the phrases "drug paraphernalia" or "sport's paraphernalia." Drug paraphernalia refers to equipment used to do drugs or hold drugs. Sports paraphernalia can refer to sports equipment or sports collectibles and other objects that represent a particular sport.

Usage Examples:

He was charged with selling illegal drug paraphernalia. (gear, equipment)

Mike is a big sports nut and collects team paraphernalia for his favorite sports teams. (goods, collectibles)

The boy's parents were shocked to find their son's closet full of drug paraphernalia. (equipment, gear)

My brother is a sports nut and his entire room is covered with sports paraphernalia. (equipment, accouterments)

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