N-PLURAL: usu N of n (disapproval)
The trappings of power, wealth, or a particular job are the extra things, such as decorations and luxury items, that go with it.

The family were in government for several generations and evidently loved the trappings of power.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Trappings — Trap pings, n. pl. [From {Trap} to dress with ornaments.] 1. That which serves to trap or adorn; ornaments; dress; superficial decorations. [1913 Webster] Trappings of life, for ornament, not use. Dryden. [1913 Webster] These but the trappings… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trappings — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) the visible signs or objects associated with a particular situation or role: the trappings of success. 2) a horse s ornamental harness. ORIGIN from obsolete trap «trappings», from Old French drap «drape» …   English terms dictionary

  • trappings — [trap′iŋz] pl.n. [< ME trappe: see TRAP3] 1. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison 2. articles of dress, esp. of an ornamental kind; adornments 3. the things usually associated with something as an outward sign of its existence or… …   English World dictionary

  • trappings — index paraphernalia (personal belongings) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • trappings — (n.) ornamental covering for a horse, late 14c., from M.E. trappe cloth for a horse (c.1300), later personal effects (mid 15c.), alteration of M.Fr. drap cloth (see DRAPE (Cf. drape) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • trappings — [n] paraphernalia, equipment accouterment, adornment, apparel, appointment, decoration, dress, embellishment, finery, fitting, fixture, furnishing, gear, livery, ornament, panoply, personal effects, raiment, rigging, things, trimming; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • trappings — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ external, outer (AmE), outward, visible ▪ She scorns the visible trappings of success, preferring to live unnoticed. ▪ traditional, usual …   Collocations dictionary

  • trappings — trap|pings [ˈtræpıŋz] n [plural] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: trap to decorate (14 20 centuries), from trap cloth (14 18 centuries), from Old French drap; DRAPE] things such as money, influence, possessions etc that are related to a particular type… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • trappings — /trap ingz/, n. (used with a plural v.) 1. articles of equipment or dress, esp. of an ornamental character. 2. conventional adornment; characteristic signs: trappings of democracy. 3. Sometimes, trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse;… …   Universalium

  • trappings — noun a) Clothing or equipment; that which gives the appearance of something. He went through his belongings, gradually shedding the trappings of youth. b) Ornamental coverings or harnesses for a horse; caparisons …   Wiktionary

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