trappings

[trap-ingz]
noun (used with a plural verb)
1.
articles of equipment or dress, especially of an ornamental character.
2.
conventional adornment; characteristic signs: trappings of democracy.
3.
Sometimes, trapping. an ornamental covering for a horse; caparison.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see trap2, -ing1, -s3


1. costume, raiment, attire, apparel.
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trappings (ˈtræpɪŋz)
 
pl n
1.  the accessories and adornments that characterize or symbolize a condition, office, etc: the visible trappings of success
2.  a ceremonial harness for a horse or other animal, including bridles, saddles, etc
 
[C16: from trap²]

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trappings
"ornamental covering for a horse," late 14c., from M.E. trappe "cloth for a horse" (c.1300), alteration of M.Fr. drap "cloth" (see drape).
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Example sentences
As a result, what has all the trappings of a patriarchal culture, actually has
  many elements of a matriarchal one.
Journalism is a noble trade that only fairly recently adapted the trappings of
  a profession.
So even though they've got all the trappings of communication, you don't
  actually find communication.
Not only are the fancy trappings required of a three-star restaurant too
  expensive now but probably irrelevant as well.
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