1.a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
2.a complete suit of armor.
3.a protective covering.
4.full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.
It's origin date backs to Greece around 1570 - 1580 and can be used as an adjective: panoplied or unpanoplied.
I came across this word today in my daily coverage reading on cloud computing - gripping stuff I tell you!
Here's the line:
"In the world of software development today there is a broad panoply of software development models."
When I first read the word I thought perhaps it was IT related so I checked on dictionary.com and then realized how clever it was to use it in this context because it both fits and it's a word that you almost never see. Well played Brad Smith, well played.
Ok, nerd out!