trappings

  • 1 Trappings — Trap pings, n. pl. [From {Trap} to dress with ornaments.] 1. That which serves to trap or adorn; ornaments; dress; superficial decorations. [1913 Webster] Trappings of life, for ornament, not use. Dryden. [1913 Webster] These but the trappings… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 trappings — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) the visible signs or objects associated with a particular situation or role: the trappings of success. 2) a horse s ornamental harness. ORIGIN from obsolete trap «trappings», from Old French drap «drape» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 trappings — [trap′iŋz] pl.n. [< ME trappe: see TRAP3] 1. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison 2. articles of dress, esp. of an ornamental kind; adornments 3. the things usually associated with something as an outward sign of its existence or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 trappings — index paraphernalia (personal belongings) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 trappings — (n.) ornamental covering for a horse, late 14c., from M.E. trappe cloth for a horse (c.1300), later personal effects (mid 15c.), alteration of M.Fr. drap cloth (see DRAPE (Cf. drape) (n.)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 trappings — [n] paraphernalia, equipment accouterment, adornment, apparel, appointment, decoration, dress, embellishment, finery, fitting, fixture, furnishing, gear, livery, ornament, panoply, personal effects, raiment, rigging, things, trimming; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 trappings — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ external, outer (AmE), outward, visible ▪ She scorns the visible trappings of success, preferring to live unnoticed. ▪ traditional, usual …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 trappings — trap|pings [ˈtræpıŋz] n [plural] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: trap to decorate (14 20 centuries), from trap cloth (14 18 centuries), from Old French drap; DRAPE] things such as money, influence, possessions etc that are related to a particular type… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 trappings — [[t]træ̱pɪŋz[/t]] N PLURAL: usu N of n (disapproval) The trappings of power, wealth, or a particular job are the extra things, such as decorations and luxury items, that go with it. The family were in government for several generations and… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 trappings — /trap ingz/, n. (used with a plural v.) 1. articles of equipment or dress, esp. of an ornamental character. 2. conventional adornment; characteristic signs: trappings of democracy. 3. Sometimes, trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse;… …

    Universalium

  • 11 trappings — noun a) Clothing or equipment; that which gives the appearance of something. He went through his belongings, gradually shedding the trappings of youth. b) Ornamental coverings or harnesses for a horse; caparisons …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 Trappings — The decorated or ornamental cover of a horse s saddle or harness, sometimes with mail beneath; the more elaborate trappings covered the animal completely but for eye holes and an opening for the muzzle. [< Fr. drap = a cover] …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 13 trappings — trap|pings [ træpıŋz ] noun plural possessions that show that someone is rich, powerful, or important: the trappings of wealth …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 trappings — [14] Trappings are etymologically ‘drapery’. The word was adapted from Anglo Norman *trapour, a variant of Old French drapure; and this in turn was a derivative of drap ‘cloth’, source of English drape, drapery, etc. It was originally used in… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 trappings — plural noun 1》 the visible signs or objects associated with a particular situation or role: I had the trappings of success. 2》 a horse s ornamental harness. Origin ME: derivative of trap2 …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 trappings — noun (plural) things such as clothes, possessions etc that show someone s rank, success, or position (+ of): all the trappings of fame …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 trappings — plural noun surrounded by the trappings of royalty Syn: accessories, accoutrements, appurtenances, trimmings, frills, accompaniments, extras, ornamentation, adornment, decoration; regalia, panoply, paraphernalia, apparatus, finery, equipment,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 trappings — UK [ˈtræpɪŋz] / US noun [plural] possessions that show that someone is rich, powerful, or important the trappings of wealth …

    English dictionary

  • 19 trappings — trap•pings [[t]ˈtræp ɪŋz[/t]] n. pl. 1) articles of equipment or dress, esp. of an ornamental or symbolic character 2) conventional outward forms or symbols; characteristic signs: the trappings of democracy[/ex] 3) Sometimes, trapping. an… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 trappings — /ˈtræpɪŋz / (say trapingz) plural noun 1. articles of equipment or dress, especially of an ornamental character. 2. conventional or characteristic articles of dress or adornment. 3. that which necessarily accompanies or adorns: *In advancing… …

    Australian English dictionary


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