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Definition of "caparison" [ca•par•i•son]

  • An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings. (noun)
  • Richly ornamented clothing; finery. (noun)
  • To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering. (verb-transitive)
  • To dress (another) in rich clothing. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "caparison" in a sentence
  • "His caparison was another mortification and failure."
  • "The riderless horse is known as a caparison, a custom that dates to the time of Genghis Khan."
  • "Here and there were solitary pavilions of cataphracts brought low by the shiver-and-shake, some with horses waiting in full caparison, as if their masters expected to ride to battle."