fin·​ery | \ˈfīn-rē, 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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Traditional dishes Kaiseki ryori is a multicourse cuisine of Japan, a culinary finery of sorts, featuring premium, seasonal items such as Wagyu beef, Aigamo duck, Echizen crab and handmade noodles, delicately seasoned. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 Emmanuel Macron has also been sporting French finery, wearing shirts from Thuillier Paris. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, "Melania Trump wears Chanel for first state dinner, Brigitte Macron goes with Louis Vuitton," 25 Apr. 2018 Anyhow, the Cavs’ pre- and post-game finery was a gift to the players from star LeBron James who apparently inherited his fondness for the look from former Cavalier Dwayne Wade. Ellen Warren,, "Still puzzled by the shrunken men's suit?," 20 June 2018 Fifty-game finery: With Wednesday’s win, the Spurs improved to 32-18. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Aldridge a member of Team LeBron," 25 Jan. 2018 Opting for very different looks for the occasion, both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex looked quite elegant upon their arrival, while Harry and Wills were decked out in full military finery. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at RAF Centenary," 10 July 2018 Like George in 2013, Louis wore his wearing his finery to the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace; and like with both George and Charlotte, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be performing the christening honors. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Fascinating History of Prince Louis's Christening Dress," 9 July 2018 Six hundred guests turned out in their finery last night at Cipriani’s 42nd Street location, dressed to the nines in, of course, beautiful evening gowns, but more important, generous amounts of rare and coveted accessories. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross and Lupita Nyong’o Profess Their Love for Accessories at the 2018 ACE Awards," 12 June 2018 Just moments before the first models hit the circular, open-air set the rain arrived, splattering the floorboards of the catwalk and soaking many of the 700 guests who had been waiting for over an hour in their finery. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of finery

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finery

fine entry 3 + -ery

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The first known use of finery was in 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of finery

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


fin·​ery | \ˈfī-nə-rē \
plural fineries

Kids Definition of finery

: stylish or showy clothes and jewelry

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