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trappings

[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.
  3. Sometimes trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison.
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Origin of trappings

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

Synonyms

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1. costume, raiment, attire, apparel.
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  • 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.

  • 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

    Henry Morford


British Dictionary definitions for trappings

trappings

pl n
  1. the accessories and adornments that characterize or symbolize a condition, office, etcthe visible trappings of success
  2. a ceremonial harness for a horse or other animal, including bridles, saddles, etc
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Word Origin

C16: from trap ²
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Word Origin and History for trappings

n.

"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.)).

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