Definition of frill
: to provide or decorate with a frill
First Known Use of frill
Definition of frill
1a : a gathered, pleated, or bias-cut fabric edging used on clothingb : a strip of paper curled at one end and rolled to be slipped over the bone end (as of a chop) in serving
2 : a ruff of hair or feathers or a bony or cartilaginous projection about the neck of an animal
frillyplay \ˈfri-lē\ adjective
Examples of frill in a Sentence
The dress had frills around the hem and sleeves.
He likes plain food without any frills.
Recent Examples of frill from the Web
Sierra Brown/Courier-Journal/USA TODAY Network Situated adjacent to Shawnee Park at the edge of Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood, Big Momma’s Soul Food Kitchen is a no frills operation.
Pay the captain directly with a 1 dirham coin (about 27 cents) for the one-way trip and settle in to an available spot on one of several benches for a no-frills yet delightful ride.
Silver Lake’s Buck Mason has jumped on the bandwagon, selling its no-frills line of men’s tees, chinos, jeans, and button-downs from a repurposed ’97 GMC school bus dubbed The Open Road.
Devoid of frills, the two-hour set doubled as a master class in band chemistry and dynamics.
The five-piece, whose lineup at one point featured Texas garage-rock wunderkind Orville Neeley (OBN IIIs, Bad Sports, etc) on drums, play straightforward, no-frills, punky rock ’n’ roll.
Started in Germany in 1961, Aldi takes a less-is-more approach to grocery shopping, offering customers bargain prices in exchange for a frill-free experience.
The no-frills recipes use down-to-earth ingredients - and lots of butter.
One of Steinhoff’s brands, discount retailer Pepkor, found success in Africa by focusing on no-frills stores, selling products often made in China then trucked over 2,000 miles to specific markets.
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Origin and Etymology of frill
perhaps from Dutch dialect (Brabant) frul ribbon bow, trifle
First Known Use: 1591See Words from the same year
FRILL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frill for English Language Learners
: a strip of cloth that is gathered into folds on one edge and attached to something (such as clothing or curtains) as a decoration
: something that is added but is not necessary
FRILL Defined for Kids
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