Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; a caparison. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Articles of dress or adornment, especially accessories.
  • n. Characteristic or symbolic signs: all the trappings of power.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of trap.
  • n. An instance of ensnaring something or someone.
  • n. An ornamental covering or harness for a horse; caparison.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art. business, or method of a trapper, in any sense.
  • n. In drainage: The process of furnishing with a trap or traps.
  • n. Same as trap, 4; also, traps collectively.
  • n. The cutting of a brilliant in the form known as trap-brilliant. See brilliant.
  • n. The housing or harness of a horse, when somewhat ornamental in character; hence, external ornamentation, as of dress: generally in the plural.
  • n. Synonyms Accoutrements, equipments, paraphernalia, gear, decorations, frippery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stable gear consisting of a decorated covering for a horse, especially (formerly) for a warhorse

Etymologies

From trap. (Wiktionary)
Middle English trap, trappe ("personal belongings, owndom, household goods") (compare Middle English trappen "to deck, caparison"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin trapus ("cloth"), from Frankish *traba, trapa ("cloth, thread, rag"), from Proto-Germanic *trabō, *trafan, *trēb (“fringe, rags”), from Proto-Indo-European *drāp-, *drāb- (“rag”). Akin to Old High German traba ("fringe, tatters, thread"), Old Norse traf ("headscarf"). (Wiktionary)

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