- articles of equipment or dress, especially of an ornamental character.
- conventional adornment; characteristic signs: trappings of democracy.
- Sometimes trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison.
Origin of trappings
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Examples from the Web for trappings
Some streams of Buddhism have the trappings of worship, rituals, and semi-divine beings, but others do not.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
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?
June 23, 2014
I love all the trappings of a classic heist plot: stopwatches and masks, grappling hooks and black turtlenecks.Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction
June 6, 2014
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
November 27, 2013
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
July 28, 2013
His sword-sheath, breastplate, and trappings were clear and bright.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Nothing could exceed the beauty of their proportions and the splendour of their trappings.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Like Tom Sawyer, he loved the glare and trappings of leadership.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The trappings of horse soldiers are evidently made as noisy as possible.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
If they are not soldiers, why do they wear these trappings of the battle-field?Shoulder-Straps
- the accessories and adornments that characterize or symbolize a condition, office, etcthe visible trappings of success
- a ceremonial harness for a horse or other animal, including bridles, saddles, etc
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.)).