Trapping definition

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Articles of dress or adornment, especially accessories.
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Characteristic or symbolic signs.

All the trappings of power.

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Present participle of trap.
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An instance of ensnaring something or someone.
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An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; caparison.
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An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; a caparison.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trapping
Plural:
trappings

Origin of trapping

  • Middle English trap, trappe (“personal belongings, owndom, household goods") (compare Middle English trappen "to deck, caparison"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin trapus (“cloth"), from Frankish *traba, trapa (“cloth, thread, rag"), from Proto-Germanic *trabō, *trafÄ…, *trÄ“b (“fringe, rags"), from Proto-Indo-European *drāp-, *drāb- (“rag"). Akin to Old High German traba (“fringe, tatters, thread"), Old Norse traf (“headscarf").

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  • From trap.

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