fin·​ery | \ ˈfīn-rē How to pronounce finery (audio) , ˈfī-nə-\
plural fineries

Definition of finery

: ornament, decoration especially : dressy or showy clothing and jewels

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Examples of finery in a Sentence

She was proud to show off her new evening finery. the guests arrived at the wedding in all their finery

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Finally, the cats emerge one by one in their finery. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Opera, Leopard Prints and Lace. Go Inside the Lavish Cat Fashion Show that Puts Felines on Fashion's Front Lines," 8 Aug. 2019 Johnson posted a picture on his official Instagram account showing the pair dressed in wedding finery and arms raised in celebration on a rise overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson marries Lauren Hashian," 19 Aug. 2019 Johnson posted a picture on his official Instagram account showing the pair dressed in wedding finery and arms raised in celebration on a rise overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson marries Lauren Hashian," 19 Aug. 2019 But the best technical groove goes to costume designer Ruth E. Carter for Bassett's splendid, peacock array of enticing finery. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'How Stella Got Her Groove Back': THR's 1998 Review," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s such beauty in these objects, combining utility and ornament: sound as fury, sound as finery. Mark Feeney,, "Guitars, stars, and attitude," 11 July 2019 Even chilling in the Grand Gallery demanded layers of Versace finery with Beyoncé decked out in a Baroque print. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 On the day of the wedding, wearing her finery, the princess climbed into a skiff that ferried her out to the ship. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 Wear your favorite 1920s finery or just your nicest outfit and immerse yourself in a Jazz Age celebration worthy of Jay Gatsby himself., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of finery

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finery

fine entry 1 + -ery

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The first known use of finery was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of finery

somewhat formal : clothes, jewels, etc., that are expensive and beautiful


fin·​ery | \ ˈfī-nə-rē How to pronounce finery (audio) \
plural fineries

Kids Definition of finery

: stylish or showy clothes and jewelry

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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