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Etymology 1[edit]

From trapping.


trappings pl (plural only)

  1. Clothing or equipment; that which gives the appearance of something.
    He went through his belongings, gradually shedding the trappings of youth.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 7, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC:
      Whether any of the relatives of the seamen whose names appeared there were now among the congregation, I knew not; but so many are the unrecorded accidents in the fishery, and so plainly did several women present wear the countenance if not the trappings of some unceasing grief, that I feel sure that here before me were assembled those, in whose unhealing hearts the sight of those bleak tablets sympathetically caused the old wounds to bleed afresh.
  2. Ornamental coverings or harnesses for a horse; caparisons.

Etymology 2[edit]

From trap.



  1. plural of trapping

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