finery

noun
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 The streets were filled with young people dressed in bright, colorful summer finery, the air singed with scents of marijuana, jerk chicken and incense. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 10 Aug. 2020 Many Not-So-Scary participants came out in their spooky finery. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Costumes will be OK for Magic Kingdom visitors next month," 27 Aug. 2020 The streets were filled with young people dressed in bright, colorful summer finery, the air singed with scents of marijuana, jerk chicken and incense. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 10 Aug. 2020 The streets were filled with young people dressed in bright, colorful summer finery, the air singed with scents of marijuana, jerk chicken and incense. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 10 Aug. 2020 The rooms at the Inn of the Five Graces (No. 11) may be peppered with Silk Road finery instead of Southwestern textiles, but that dovetails perfectly with the artsy, freewheeling spirit of Santa Fe. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 Every spring, black graduates walk down grassy knolls draped in the finery. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Embarrassment of Democrats Wearing Kente-Cloth Stoles," 9 June 2020 The streets were filled with young people dressed in bright, colorful summer finery, the air singed with scents of marijuana, jerk chicken and incense. Bernice L. Mcfadden, Longreads, "What Didn’t Kill Her," 5 June 2020 In the dead center of this brilliantly colorful canvas is Catrina, the ladylike skeleton dressed in Victorian finery. David Hammond, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrating Day of the Dead — and an eternal fascination with skeletons — in Mexico City," 17 Oct. 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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Finery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finery. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for finery

finery

noun
How to pronounce finery (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of finery

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

finery

noun
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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