trap·​ping | \ ˈtra-ping How to pronounce trapping (audio) \

Definition of trapping

1 trappings plural : outward signs conventional men with all the trappings … of banality— Robert Plank
2 trappings plural : outward decoration or dress : ornamental equipment
3 : caparison sense 1 usually used in plural

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According to these friends, Cohn enjoyed the trappings of power and the prestige of working in the White House. Joshua Green,, "Cohn Is Out, and the Verdict Is In: The Nationalists Are Back," 8 Mar. 2018 West Marin is a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, but the headlands separating it from the rest of the county have insulated the area from so many of the trappings of Bay Area life. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018 Image The police raid on a junkyard on the outskirts of Bangkok had all the trappings of a drug bust. New York Times, "E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity," 5 July 2018 Many of the victims of OneCoin, an apparently entirely fraudulent Ponzi scheme that took on the trappings of cryptocurrency, were Indian. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "India and Pakistan Tell Banks to Cut Ties to Cryptocurrency," 7 Apr. 2018 Anchorage then had all the trappings of a city but few of the benefits. Anchorage Daily News, "Beyond oil: We’ve come so far," 14 Feb. 2018 Rogue's modern descendants are generally called roguelikes and borrow their forebear's gameplay ideas but often leave behind its technical trappings. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 But that’s happening far too often, and the Rockets’ trapping, double-teaming defense has limited Durant to 1-for-9 shooting over the fourth quarters of Games 4 and 5. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Flawed Warriors will find solace at Oracle," 25 May 2018 Such trappings, installed during a 19th-century heyday, are evident in buildings all over the old quarter, variously reminiscent of fin-de-siecle Paris, Munich or Vienna. Sam Young, Vogue, "Is Querétaro the New San Miguel de Allende?," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of trapping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for trapping

Middle English, from gerund of trappen — more at trap

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