Is there a distinction between "hallmarks" and "trappings"? What separates them? I've scoured many dictionaries, but I don't see the difference.
For example, Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus defines trappings as "all the things that are part of or typical of a particular job, situation, or event" [link], and it defines hallmark as "a typical characteristic or feature of a person or thing" [link]. These seem the same to me.
Likewise, I've looked at some examples:
- "She enjoyed all the trappings of success/wealth."
- "The president's trip had all the trappings of a state visit."
- "The murder bore all the hallmarks of a serial killer's work.
- "He had all the hallmarks of a great baseball player."
In each of these examples, "trappings" or "hallmarks" refers to (unspecified) characteristics that someone or something has, that cause people to perceive him/her/it as being in a specified class or having a specified status.