trapping

noun

trap·​ping ˈtra-ping How to pronounce trapping (audio)
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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from gerund of trappen — more at trap

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Trapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trapping. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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