Apr 29, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: CAPARISON

This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

caparison n. 1. an ornamental covering for a horse, and/or decorative trappings and harnesses; 2. particularly rich clothing or adornments.

The word caparison has etymological cousins in the obsolete French word caparasson, the modern French caparaçon , and the Old Spanish caparazón; all of these are derived from the Medieval Latin cappa.


Stephanie said...

Did you get this one from your Ohio research?

Hooda Thunkit said...

Horsie costumes; got it ;-)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Sort of like Camilla, but all dressed up ;-)

historymike said...

Yes, good eye, Stephanie. I had never come across the word before.

(laughing at the Royal family jest of HT)