fin·​ery ˈfīn-rē How to pronounce finery (audio)
plural fineries
: ornament, decoration
especially : dressy or showy clothing and jewels

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
Recent Examples on the Web Pierre-Auguste Renoir is here, too, with his bourgeois couple in sumptuous evening finery taking in an evening of theater from their box high above the stage. Emily Labarge, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Now wedding parties frequently drive from Hanoi for the weekend to take photos in their finery, often months before the big day. Chris Wallace, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 While the stars step out in their finery, the photographers at the Oscars have to put on a show too. Marie Lodi, CNN, 9 Mar. 2024 Guests entered and walked Mar-a-Lago’s red carpet in their finery. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2024 This year, there will be a City of Trees Pet Parade and Costume Contest featuring local dogs dressed up in Mardi-Gras style finery. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 8 Mar. 2024 The Chameleon is cool to look at (a diminutive lizard in finery worthy of the Met Gala), and Viola Davis voices her with a dour aristocratic hauteur, but all the character does, really, is to call forth her guards and summon up past villains that Po has defeated. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 There were no young girls floating by in elegant dresses, no scrubbed and spoiled children dressed in their finery and dragged toward churches and pagodas, no whisper of music drifting out of windows. Chantha Nguon, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Feb. 2024 The star surfaced demurely from her dressing room and took the stage — not in her usual hip-hugging finery, but in a tiered yellow maxi dress. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History


fine entry 1 + -ery

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finery was in 1647

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“Finery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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fin·​ery ˈfīn-(ə-)rē How to pronounce finery (audio)
plural fineries
: showy clothing and jewels

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