- anything used or serving to decorate or complete: the trimmings of a Christmas tree.
- Usually trimmings. an accompaniment or garnish to a main dish: roast turkey with all the trimmings.
- trimmings, pieces cut off in trimming, clipping, paring, or pruning.
- the act of a person or thing that trims.
- Informal. a beating or thrashing.
- Informal. a defeat: Our team took quite a trimming.
Origin of trimming
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- an extra piece used to decorate or complete
- (plural) usual or traditional accompanimentsroast turkey with all the trimmings
- (plural) parts that are cut off
- (plural) dialect ornaments; decorationsChristmas trimmings
- informal a reproof, beating, or defeat
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Word Origin and History for trimmings
"adornments, accessories, etc.," 1610s, from trim (v.).
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