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

Example Sentences

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 Why not marry everyone’s kids off to each other, or retire to her own lands to live in finery and avoid further misery? David Sims, The Atlantic, 24 Oct. 2022 The Queen's three other children will wear their military finery for the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 While Gilded Age fashion was known for sumptuous and luxe fabrics, ornate details and heavily structured, relatively modest silhouettes, many a celebrity treated the occasion as simply a night to dress in their most flamboyant finery. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The trailer showed Swift in a slew of different setups, from hiding in a coffin to wearing Marie Antoinette finery. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2022 The model played maid of honor for her friend Daria Valles, and filmed a cute TikTok ahead of the ceremony in which the two changed out of their getting-ready robes and into the bridal finery in a snap. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 No wonder those kids, in their ragtag finery, adored him. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 16 Sep. 2022 Dressed in simple finery of top hats, silky bow ties, and red carnations, the eerie ensemble of skeletal squires makes guests wonder what kept their dates. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2022 Marie Bonaparte rushes to Vienna, to sit in her finery blocking the stairs up to Freud’s apartment and to smuggle Freud’s papers and cherished antiquities to the Greek Embassy in her skirts. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near finery

Cite this Entry

“Finery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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