Panoply Can you define it?

Panoply?  I was reading an announcement for an event that was touted to have a  panoply of festivities.   I had never heard the word panoply before.

Panoply is Greek word for a full set of armor.  The Greek word broken down means “all” and “arms.”  So it is a full suit of armor including a shield, breastplate, helmet and weapon.

Somewhere along the line the word got changed. Since it mane a completed set of diverse parts or components, it now has a slightly different meaning.

The new meaning of panoply is any complete or impressive collection.  Any splendid display is considered a panoply.


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