[ trap-ingz ]
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noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. articles of equipment or dress, especially of an ornamental character.

  2. conventional adornment; characteristic signs: trappings of democracy.

  1. Sometimes trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison.

Origin of trappings

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at trap2, -ing1, -s3

Other words for trappings Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use trappings in a sentence

  • They would pick them up and hold them in their hands and would then make believe they were Cave-men trapping reindeer in the snow.

    The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • It was apparent that he had a mission more important than reciting the details of herding and trapping.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • This was Charley's first trapping expedition in a real wilderness!

    Left on the Labrador | Dillon Wallace
  • In fact, my dear, this will be the only means of trapping the person.

  • It may be a better way of trapping a chap, if he hasn't got clean away by now.

    Queensland Cousins | Eleanor Luisa Haverfield

British Dictionary definitions for trappings


/ (ˈtræpɪŋz) /

pl n
  1. the accessories and adornments that characterize or symbolize a condition, office, etc: the visible trappings of success

  2. a ceremonial harness for a horse or other animal, including bridles, saddles, etc

Origin of trappings

C16: from trap ²

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