• WordNet 3.6
    • v caparison put a caparison on "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"
    • n caparison stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caparison An ornamental covering or housing for a horse; the harness or trappings of a horse, taken collectively, especially when decorative. "Their horses clothed with rich caparison ."
    • Caparison Gay or rich clothing. "My heart groans beneath the gay caparison ."
    • Caparison To adorn with rich dress; to dress. "I am caparisoned like a man."
    • Caparison To cover with housings, as a horse; to harness or fit out with decorative trappings, as a horse. "The steeds, caparisoned with purple, stand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caparison A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
    • n caparison Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
    • caparison To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
    • caparison To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caparison ka-par′is-un the covering of a horse: a rich cloth laid over a war-horse: dress and ornaments generally
    • v.t Caparison to cover with a cloth, as a horse: to dress very richly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caparaçon, fr. Sp. caparazon, a cover for a saddle, coach, etc.; capa, cloak, cover (fr. LL. capa, cf. LL. caparo, also fr. capa,) + the term. azon,. See Cap


In literature:

He came, preceded by a squadron of cavalry and accompanied by a very large and brilliantly caparisoned staff, followed by more cavalry.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
And if this basin is a helmet, then the pack-saddle must be a horse's caparison!
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The bride sets out richly apparelled and caparisoned to the tryst with the bridegroom.
"The Balladists" by John Geddie
All the women kissed his hand as he rode by on his bay, with fiery red caparison.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
The man who had caparisoned his horse stood looking after him as he disappeared in the night.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The officers rode on horses elegantly caparisoned, and prancing proudly.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Their horses were beautiful and fleet, and splendidly caparisoned.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Then followed the imperial chariot, surmounted by a crown, and drawn by eight superb and richly caparisoned steeds.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Of course she must be duly caparisoned.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
A car with a nag caparisoned at the water edge!
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Their spirited horses pranced under their rich caparisons.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
They both mounted beautiful, richly-caparisoned horses, and rode at the head of the caravan, over the plain.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
Shall your horse, even, be more splendidly caparisoned than your wife is clothed?
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
The caparison and reins of his horse were set with silver and embroidered with red silk.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
A huge mahogany-colored touring-car caparisoned in nickel and upholstered in darker red panted and chugged at the Broadway curb.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
Now a car came, moving slowly and drawn by two oxen caparisoned in black.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
A coach drawn by four richly caparisoned mules with tassels and bells stood waiting at the door.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Here he came, not astride of the doleful pony that had carried him away, but riding an elegantly caparisoned steed.
"The Red Mustang" by William O. Stoddard
See, there go their caparisoned chargers.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
My horse stood at the post all caparisoned, while I made ready.
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott

In poetry:

The diamond-rayed caparison,
Makes of his flight one declining path
From Heaven's pity down upon
Our waiting earth.
"St. George" by Emile Verhaeren