trap·​ping | \ˈtra-ping \

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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On the surface, Octopath has all of the trappings of a SNES adventure. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 On the surface, HBO’s new limited series Sharp Objects has all of the trappings of last summer’s massive hit Big Little Lies. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Sharp Objects Is the Feminist True Detective We've Been Waiting For," 8 July 2018 David Tepper walked into a suite in Bank of America Stadium that was decorated with all the black-and-blue trappings of enormous circumstance. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "New Panthers stadium? Practice facility? David Tepper makes it clear change is coming," 10 July 2018 The break from tradition comes against larger debates over Mr. Trump’s fascination with the trappings of power, and his blurring of the lines between his presidency and both his campaign and business operations. New York Times, "Trump Leaves His Mark on a Presidential Keepsake," 24 June 2018 Just for the record, the shelter does not have anything to do with the trapping of animals. Saryn Chorney,, "Missing Dog Lost in Woods Survives Three Years on Fast Food and Car Wash Water, Finally Reunites with Family," 19 June 2018 As well as a standard bearer for liberalism, Mr Macron emerges as an extremely adept political operator with a healthy streak of cynicism and ruthlessness, a hyper-active politician comfortable with the trappings of power. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron, the resolutely modern philosopher king," 13 June 2018 Somaliland boasts all the trappings of statehood, including a flag, a currency, diplomatic missions and a border. The Economist, "Not all borders make sense. But changing them is dangerous," 12 July 2018 As can be seen in the tour, Seaside offers all the trappings of a major mega-resort including nearly a dozen eateries and multiple bars, lounges and showrooms. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "First look: Inside MSC Cruises' new MSC Seaview, one of the world's largest cruise ships," 10 July 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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