Panoply



[pan-uh-plee] /ˈpæn ə pli/

noun, plural panoplies.
1.
a wide-ranging and impressive array or display:
the dazzling panoply of the maharaja’s procession; the panoply of European history.
2.
a complete suit of armor.
3.
a protective covering.
4.
full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.
/ˈpænəplɪ/
noun (pl) -plies
1.
a complete or magnificent array
2.
the entire equipment of a warrior
noun

a full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering
Word Origin

Greek pan- + hopla ‘armor’
n.

1570s, from Greek panoplia “complete suit of armor,” from pan- “all” (see pan-) + hopla (plural), “arms” of a hoplites (“heavily armed soldier”); see hoplite. Originally in English figurative, of “spiritual armor,” etc. (a reference to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of “any splendid array” first recorded 1829.

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