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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But that doesn't mean Meghan had to forgo all of the traditional birthday party trappings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Cake Had a Special Meaning," 9 Aug. 2019 Albion and Surf could have easily met for a scrimmage, but that would have been far different from the tournament trappings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local rivals show skills in Surf Cup soccer tournament," 27 July 2019 The Harry Potter trappings in Three Houses are almost too blatant, in fact. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fire Emblem: Three Houses is secretly the best Harry Potter game," 26 July 2019 Some observers praised the flood of natural light into the gallery and appreciated the Scandinavian-style minimalism of the tower’s interior trappings. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "César Pelli, celebrated architect of sweep and harmony, dies at 92," 19 July 2019 Both men had checking accounts, drivers licenses and other trappings of adulthood. Tribune News Service,, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 Each level offered different trappings of a very good time; in the backyard, tacos, guacamole, and exceptional Casa Dragones tequila were served. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Future Perfect Launches a Fully Shoppable Home With (What Else?) a House Party," 13 Mar. 2019 An observant Jew who largely eschews the flashy trappings of the industry, Mr. Barnett lived in Queens until moving recently with his wife and children to the heavily Orthodox suburb of Monsey, N.Y., about an hour’s drive north of the city. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "The Man Behind Billionaires’ Row Battles to Sell the World’s Tallest Condo," 17 Jan. 2019 Setting aside the ultra-luxurious trappings, the LS500 simply outperformed the Genesis in some respects — its radar cruise control and lane-keeping assist system, for example, were more effective and less obtrusive. Daniel Miller,, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 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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