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caparison (n.)

1570s, "cloth spread over a saddle," also "personal dress and ornaments," from French caparasson (15c., Modern French caparaçon), from Spanish caparazón, perhaps from augmentative of Old Provençal caparasso "a mantle with a hood," or Medieval Latin caparo, the name of a type of cape worn by women, literally "chaperon" (see chaperon (n.)). Past participle adjective caparisoned is attested from c. 1600, from a verb caparison (1590s), from French caparaçonner, from caparaçon.

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Definitions of caparison from WordNet
1
caparison (v.)
put a caparison on;
caparison the horses for the festive occasion
Synonyms: bard / barde / dress up
2
caparison (n.)
stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse;
Synonyms: trapping / housing
From wordnet.princeton.edu