frill

verb
\ ˈfril \
frilled; frilling; frills

Definition of frill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide or decorate with a frill

frill

noun

Definition of frill (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a gathered, pleated, or bias-cut fabric edging used on clothing
b : 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
3a : affectation, air usually used in plural intellectual frills and fustian— Joseph Epstein
b : something decorative or useful and desirable but not essential : luxury

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Other Words from frill

Noun

frilly \ ˈfri-​lē \ adjective

Synonyms for frill

Synonyms: Noun

flounce, furbelow, ruffle

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Examples of frill in a Sentence

Noun

The dress had frills around the hem and sleeves. He likes plain food without any frills.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Summer has officially arrived in that terracotta Temperley London dress, with plunging neckline, ruffled skirt and frilled short sleeves. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Cannes Vacation Photos Are Straight Out of a Dream," 3 July 2018 At separate ends of town, two buxom madams and their bevies of painted, frilled and scandalously clad ladies welcomed miners and threw lavish parties. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Sale," 16 June 2018 For the women of Ocean’s 8, the objective was to steal the world’s attention: Rihanna thrilling and frilling in Givenchy, Sarah Paulson bold in acidic chartreuse from Prada, Awkwafina a caped goddess in Reem Acra. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of June 11, 2018," 11 June 2018 Xavier's head coaching job has never been more attractive and brings with it frills like updates facilities, a great on-campus gym, one of college basketball's power conferences and an enviable TV deal. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "The fallout and response to Chris Mack's departure from Xavier basketball for Louisville," 27 Mar. 2018 There’s a masculinity that’s barely detectable but nonetheless present — in the stiff leather of a miniskirt, say, or the strictness of a black pantsuit worn with a pale pink camisole that frilled in the front. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "The Memory of Fashion," 29 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Attendance really swelled after Hurricane Maria in September 2017; because Bonanza had a generator still on hand from Hurricane Irma, the no-frills, open-air bar was one of few places in the neighborhood with power. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 Perched on corner in the residential West Riverside neighborhood, the tiny no-frills, all-thrills local institution always seems to be hopping, so expect a wait. Nevin Martell, chicagotribune.com, "Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in New Orleans," 26 Apr. 2018 As looks like Naomi's showed, frills and ruffles were definitely not off-limits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell, Living Legend, Closes the Valentino Couture Show," 23 Jan. 2019 The Dundas aesthetic falls somewhere on the bohemian-meets-glam spectrum, and the collections to date have been full of flowers, flowing fabrics and feminine frills. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "A post-Coachella Beyoncé pop-in helps highlight the Dundas label's Melrose Avenue pop-up shop," 25 Apr. 2018 Photo: Dustin Chambers/ZUMA PRESS Amplifying the shift is the proliferation of no-frills budget carriers flying internationally that have helped to drive down ticket prices and spur a boom in air travel. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 From its strapless neckline, to the high leg slit adorned with copious amounts of frills, the bright dress was instantly unforgettable and felt like a '90s throwback. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Just Celebrated Fenty Beauty’s First Birthday in a Show-Stopping Fuchsia Gown," 15 Sep. 2018 The minimalist ’90s turned up in the frill-free evening choices of Michelle Monaghan (in architectural, voluminous Rochas) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in a jewel tone maxi slip from Rat & Boa). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 30, 2018," 30 July 2018 Rocha didn’t shy from making a practical staple her own, embellishing her down jackets with sequin flowers and frills in feminine pinks and reds. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of frill

Verb

1574, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frill

Noun

perhaps from Dutch dialect (Brabant) frul ribbon bow, trifle

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The first known use of frill was in 1574

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frill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frill

: 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

noun
\ ˈfril \

Kids Definition of frill

2 : something added mostly for show The food was plain without any frills.

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