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frippery

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noun frip·pery \ˈfri-p(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of frippery

  • : something that is not necessary or not serious

Full Definition of frippery

plural frip·per·ies

  1. 1 obsolete a :  cast-off clothes b archaic :  a place where old clothes are sold

  2. 2 a :  finery; also :  an elegant or showy garment b :  something showy, frivolous, or nonessential c :  ostentation; especially :  something foolish or affectedly elegant

Examples of frippery

  1. The design is simple and devoid of needless frippery.

  2. <dressed in their most elegant frippery for the big gala at the symphony>



Origin of frippery

Middle French friperie, alteration of Old French freperie, from frepe old garment


First Known Use: 1568


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