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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On the day of the wedding, wearing her finery, the princess climbed into a skiff that ferried her out to the ship. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 Wear your favorite 1920s finery or just your nicest outfit and immerse yourself in a Jazz Age celebration worthy of Jay Gatsby himself., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 5 Aug. 2019 The costumes, by Catherine Zuber, are delectably excessive too: miles of satin and chiffon and lady-of-the-night finery, tailored to squeeze every last ribcage. Leah Greenblatt,, "Moulin Rouge! becomes an extravagant, head-spinning Broadway musical," 26 July 2019 And those generals, clad in their four-star finery, are expected to be standing beside Trump at the Lincoln Memorial when fighter jets streak across the sky and the president delivers his speech. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "Trump says his generals are ‘thrilled’ with his Fourth of July salute. Their silence suggests otherwise.," 3 July 2019 Visionary Pets on Parade Lots of four-footed critters, decked out in their gaudiest Fourth of July finery. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Parades, fireworks, Cirque du Soleil and more," 30 June 2019 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

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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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