What is meant by 'paraphernalia'?
This is where I came across this word: The trains(in a country)contain the essential paraphernalia of the culture.
Feb 13, 2012 2:33 PM
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Paraphernalia refers to a group of items or equipment that either belong to a certain person (or a group of people) or are necessary for a certain task.
If a woman is carrying her makeup kit, with all its various items, she would be taking her paraphernalia for grooming.
A set of tools and equipment that an electrician carries for his job would be his paraphernalia.
February 13, 2012
Items. That simple. In this case, paraphernalia is items of a culture. This word, in the USA is most commonly used in the term drug paraphernalia. This is items dealing with drugs. But outside of this, it is just "stuff."