caparison

Another word of the day (actually this word was posted last 2nd week of April):

caparison \kuh-PAR-uh-suhn\ , verb:
1. To dress richly; deck.
2. To cover with a caparison.

noun:
1. A decorative covering for a horse or for the tack or harness of a horse; trappings.
2. Rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment.

Quote:
The fruit, the fountain that’s in all of us; in Edward; in Eleanor; so why caparison ourselves on top?
— Virginia Woolf, The Years

Origin:
Caparison originally referred to an elaborate covering for horses. It is related to the word chaperon.


When I read this word, I couldn’t help but think immediately of the Queen of Hearts, especially from Tim Burton’s creative interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.
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