noun[treated as singular or plural]
- 1Miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity: drills, saws, and other paraphernalia necessary for home improvements drugs and drug paraphernalia that had been discovered on the premisesMore example sentences
- Drug paraphernalia and empty wine bottles lay strewn among layers of rotting food, dirty cardboard boxes and stinking blankets.
- Around £2,000 cash was also found along with drug paraphernalia including scales and cutting boards.
- A party ensued, with marquees blasting out music and a market area selling drugs and festival paraphernalia such as glow sticks.
- 1.1Trappings associated with a particular institution or activity that are regarded as superfluous: the rituals and paraphernalia of governmentMore example sentences
- Though these comforts are the paraphernalia associated with aristocrats, priority for the same assumes a logic.
- The basic paraphernalia associated with a Mumbai beachside is in the Temple City, albeit for a limited period.
- At the focus of the pueblo was a large plaza in which was a great kiva flanked by rectangular rooms, possibly storerooms for food and ritual paraphernalia.
mid 17th century (denoting property owned by a married woman): from medieval Latin, based on Greek parapherna 'property apart from a dowry', from para 'distinct from' + pherna (from phernē 'dowry').