folderol

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noun fol·de·rol \ˈfäl-də-ˌräl\

Definition of folderol

  1. 1 :  a useless ornament or accessory :  trifle

  2. 2 :  nonsense

Examples of folderol in a sentence

  1. I wish we could just discuss these questions without having to go through all the folderol of a formal meeting.

  2. <wanted a dignified, simple wedding and not the folderol that the wedding planner was trying to foist on them>

Did You Know?

Hogwash. Claptrap. Hooey. Drivel. Malarkey. English is rife with words that mean "nonsense," and "folderol" is one of the many. Though not the most common of the words for nonsense, it's been around since 1820 and is still heard today. "Folderol" comes from "fol-de-rol" (or "fal-de-ral"), which used to be a nonsense refrain in songs, much like "tra-la-la." The oldest recorded instance of someone "singing folderol" occurs in Irish dramatist George Farquhar's 1701 play Sir Harry Wildair, in which a character sings, "Fal, al, deral!"

Variants of folderol

less commonly

\ˈfal-də-ˌral\

Origin and Etymology of folderol

fol-de-rol, a nonsense refrain in songs


First Known Use: circa 1820


FOLDEROL Defined for English Language Learners

folderol

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noun fol·de·rol \ˈfäl-də-ˌräl\

Definition of folderol for English Language Learners

  • : foolish language, behavior, or ideas


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