Definition of trappings in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrapiNGz/

plural noun

1The outward signs, features, or objects associated with a particular situation, role, or thing: I had the trappings of success
More example sentences
  • Have you ever wanted to live in a rural setting, yet enjoy all trappings associated with living in the heart of the town?
  • I've spent the last few years acquiring the trappings and signs of the middle class.
  • However, it lacks most of the trappings usually associated with the genre.
accessories, accoutrements, appurtenances, trimmings, frills, accompaniments, extras, ornamentation, adornment, decoration;
regalia, panoply, paraphernalia, apparatus, finery, equipment, gear, effects, things, bits and pieces
1.1A horse’s ornamental harness.
Example sentences
  • It also includes used animal trappings such as harnesses, saddles, halters, reins, rope and chain.
  • Founded in Seville in 1892, El Caballo is a manufacturer of harnesses and leather trappings.
  • We freed the horses from their trappings, and I went about setting up our camp.


Late Middle English: derivative of trap2.

  • Animal traps (Old English) have nothing to do with trappings, which go back to Latin drappus ‘cloth’, the source of draper, drab [M16] originally undyed cloth, and drapery (Late Middle English). In the 14th century trappings were an ornamental harness for a horse, but now people more often use the word in contexts such as ‘the trappings of success’ for the outwards signs or objects associated with a particular role or job.

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Syllabification: trap·pings

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