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
Recent Examples on the Web In the shopping center across the street is Nisar Malyarzoy’s Afghan Fashion store, where customers can purchase finery for weddings. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 On Broadway, even in the best seats, an orchestra pit separates you from the finery. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Barely a third of the 600-plus American team, garbed in Ralph Lauren sporting finery, was present., 24 July 2021 In bygone days, the moneyed classes of L.A. showed little interest in parading their finery in opera boxes, as the Morgans and the Vanderbilts had done at the Met, in New York. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Chez Gregory's small candlelit dining room was decked out in French finery — chandeliers and red velvet curtains—underneath a ceiling of intricate copper tiles. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Fresh from playing an operative onscreen, Pugh gave her Dior finery a super-spy makeover, pairing the dainty embroidered tulle bralette and skirt with combat boots and a tiny purse barely large enough to fit microfiche. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 12 July 2021 Put on your best Regency-era finery and whisk yourself away to the Jane Austen Garden Party on the 19th-century estate at Gore Place., 24 June 2021 The three images show five of the series' characters standing stoically on a beach (maybe the shores of Dragonstone, the longtime seat of Targaryen power) clad in Westeros' best finery. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 5 May 2021

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Finery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of finery

: 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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