noun (used with a plural verb)
Examples from the Web for trappings
Some streams of Buddhism have the trappings of worship, rituals, and semi-divine beings, but others do not.
Twees are not hipsters or ravers or neo-grungers, though you could have trappings of all that.What the Hell Is ‘Twee’? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form?|Scott Porch|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But while there are trappings of stability, the times are anything but normal.Kurdish Militias Drive Out Jihadists, Bring Stability Back to Parts of Syria|Jamie Dettmer|November 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The state believes that re-creating some of the trappings of military life in a prison setting might reduce recidivism.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals|Matthew Wolfe|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He sees his office as a place to do his job, not just to cling to its title and trappings.As GOP Sinks Plan B, Obama Should Tune Out His Own Party’s Doubters|Robert Shrum|December 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The trappings of the rich, the rags of the poor, were nothing to Him.
In vain these conspirators have hoped to frighten us by deploying about us the trappings of armed force.The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2|Eugne Sue
Languid under its trappings, lightly rocked by the eddy, a slow bark drew near and anchored at the quay.Very Woman|Remy de Gourmont
Life,” he would say, “is barren enough surely with all her trappings; let us therefore be cautious how we strip her.Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D.|Hesther Lynch Piozzi
In these days bold scoundrels die brilliantly in the chariot of vice with the trappings of luxury.Juana|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for trappings
Word Origin for trappings
Word Origin and History for trappings
"ornamental covering for a horse," late 14c., from Middle English trappe "cloth for a horse" (c.1300), later "personal effects" (mid-15c.), alteration of Middle French drap "cloth" (see drape (n.)).