What does the word panoply mean?

Usage examples for panoply

  1. He advanced with a swagger that was the unconvincing mask of diffidence assumed by an undersized, lean young man, in the chauffeur's doubtful- weather panoply of black waterproof jacket, breeches merging into knee- boots, the whole crowned with a portentous peaked cap, with absurd brass ventilators, and powdered with many thicknesses and shades of dust. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  2. Nature in all her panoply is here in dramatized form or reference- earth, stone, fire, and water; verdure and the kingdom of living things from beast to man; the seasons and the planets. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  3. The knight, thus left to himself, did not hesitate:- a minute more, and he was in the midst of the Welch force, headed by the chief with the golden panoply. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton