- often trappings An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; a caparison.
- trappings a. Articles of dress or adornment, especially accessories.b. Characteristic or symbolic signs: all the trappings of power.
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 *trabÅ, *trafÄ…, *trÄ“b (“fringe, rags"), from Proto-Indo-European *drÄp-, *drÄb- (“rag"). Akin to Old High German traba (“fringe, tatters, thread"), Old Norse traf (“headscarf").