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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Tea dances, packing to go off to college, weddings — those, too combine titillation with finery and giggles. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Jeffrey Epstein Should Cancel the Culture’s Humbert Humberts," 9 July 2019 Thanks to a bigger development budget, the XE is fitted with finery found in tonier Jaguar Land Rover products. Larry Printz, Dallas News, "The 2020 Jaguar XE sports sedan is a fine feline with animal spirit performance," 6 July 2019 Thousands flocked from around the region to hear the teachings and receive blessings from Mordechai Twersky, son of Menachem Nahum who continued as Grand Rabbe of Chernobyl, living in opulence with a court and finery from the tsar’s silversmith. Pierpaolo Mittica, National Geographic, "Descendants of Chernobyl’s Jewish dynasty return to the exclusion zone," 6 Mar. 2019 The current pontiff, Pope Francis, a Jesuit cutting a humble air to suit his message, shuns such finery, in contrast to his immediate predecessor, Benedict XVI. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Berber tribes, whether sedentary or nomadic, are renowned for their finery. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 The Duchess of Sussex, who was everywhere this week, did not borrow the queen’s finery but pulled off a moment of regal loveliness in Gabriela Hearst. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of October 29, 2018," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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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