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An article about Los Angeles restaurants

The Use:

"Although the city is often derided for a superficial fixation on physical beauty, its young restaurateurs and chefs are quick to trade away frippery and cosmetics and focus on the food." – Frank Bruni, New York Times, November 18, 2010

About the Word:

Frippery – a word whose sound alone suggests a lack of seriousness – means "something showy, frivolous, or nonessential."

(Another example: "The design is simple and devoid of frippery.")

It comes from a French word that means "old clothes."

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