trapping

noun
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

Examples of trapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s sequel, by comparison, has the trappings of a snoozer. al, "Alabama Senate race: Intriguing theater or snoozer sequel?," 8 Jan. 2020 White outfitted a simple white cabinet set with all the trappings of a real home: Eggs cook in a tiny pan on the stove (next to a teeny kettle), while the counter holds a toaster and cake stand. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Glam Dollhouse by Eneia White Has a Tiny, Professionally Upholstered Sofa," 31 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday evening, Motorola announced the Razr, a mobile device with all the modern trappings of the contemporary smartphone as well as the flip phone design that made the classic RAZR, well, a classic. Fortune, "A New Motorola Razr—and its Folding Screen—Could Bring Phone Design Back to the Future," 13 Nov. 2019 Unlike the many Nashville products who work a crowd by pointing, waving and pandering, Combs seems a shy sort, the type who loves making music but comes off as visibly uncomfortable with the trappings of stardom. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Low-key Luke Combs still thrills rowdy, full crowd at Xcel Energy Center," 28 Sep. 2019 Platt plays Payton Hobart, deep into his campaign for president of the student council at St. Sebastian, a hyper-elite private high school in Santa Barbara, Calif., where elections come with all the trappings of high-stakes politics. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ is cool and cynical — and difficult to fully endorse," 25 Sep. 2019 While the process has the trappings of a criminal trial, the decision is purely political. Mary Clare Jalonick, Fortune, "Articles of Impeachment: What They Are, How the Process Works, and What the Articles Might Say," 6 Dec. 2019 Hot Milk has the trappings of an innocents-abroad tale, yet is set in a fever-dream atmosphere in a strange clinic in Spain, where a co-dependent daughter and her mysteriously sick English mother have come in search of cures. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "Deborah Levy’s Disorienting, Captivating Fiction," 11 Oct. 2019 The fitness program tends toward pleasant walks by the sea, and the gastronomic restaurant has the trappings of fine dining. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of trapping was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2020

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“Trapping.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trappings. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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