Having lunch in the park might require you to first gather together a lot of picnic paraphernalia, such as blankets, coolers, Frisbees, and other miscellaneous items that are relevant to that activity.

This term dates back to the 17th century when it referred specifically to a woman’s personal belongings, not including her dowry. Now, it can refer to any gear or equipment necessary for a sport or any undertaking. For example, a hockey player’s paraphernalia would include various pieces of protective padding, while a pastry chef has a different set of articles she needs for her task, such as baking tins and mixers.

Definitions of paraphernalia
  1. noun
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
    synonyms: appurtenance, gear
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    fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig, tackle
    gear used in fishing
    kit, outfit
    gear consisting of a set of articles or tools for a specified purpose
    paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)
    gear (including necessary machinery) for a particular enterprise
    rigging, tackle
    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
    saddlery, stable gear, tack
    gear for a horse
    piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
    caparison, housing, trapping
    stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
    carpenter's kit, tool kit
    a set of carpenter's tools
    cinch, girth
    stable gear consisting of a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
    crown jewels
    regalia (jewelry and other paraphernalia) worn by a sovereign on state occasions
    drill rig, drilling rig, oil rig, oilrig
    rig used in drilling for oil or gas
    first-aid kit
    kit consisting of a set of bandages and medicines for giving first aid
    stable gear consisting of either of two curved supports that are attached to the collar of a draft horse and that hold the traces
    stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
    stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
    kit consisting of a complete outfit (clothing and accessories) for a new baby
    a harness strap that connects the nose piece to the girth; prevents the horse from throwing back its head
    mess kit
    kit containing a metal dish and eating utensils; used by soldiers and campers
    horse blanket, saddle blanket, saddlecloth
    stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
    sewing kit
    a kit of articles used in sewing
    stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team
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    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
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