\ \ [14] Trappings are etymologically ‘drapery’. The word was adapted from Anglo- Norman *trapour, a variant of Old French drapure; and this in turn was a derivative of drapcloth’, source of English drape, drapery, etc. It was originally used in English for an ‘ornamental covering for a horse’, and its more general modern meaning did not emerge until the 16th century.

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