frill

verb
\ ˈfril How to pronounce frill (audio) \
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 How to pronounce frilly (audio) \ 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

Town & Country reported the ivory taffeta dress was embroidered with sequins, frilled lace and 10,000 pearls. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana's waist shrunk down to 23 inches for her wedding to Prince Charles," 30 July 2018 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

But having your circumstances fall beneath that threshold doesn’t mean your feelings of loss are a frill. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Feeling sad and resentful after move to a different country," 12 Apr. 2019 But if this no-frills, bare-bones ticket program can enjoy success, the attendance numbers and number of people willing to give this team another shot might be slightly less concerning. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Bengals Xtra: Jungle Pass risky, intriguing olive branch to fans," 17 June 2018 Before a recent tourism surge elevated Croatia to the top rungs of European beach destinations, hotels along the Dalmatian coast had lingering whiffs of socialism in their dusty design and no-frills vibes. Anja Mutic, New York Times, "On Croatia’s Coast, Stunning Pools and a Mediterranean Mood," 5 May 2018 Gooey, juicy, and gloriously no-frills There is no secret to the cheeseburger at Burgers Never Say Die. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "How a Backyard Burger Pop-Up Became a Bona Fide Phenomenon," 29 Mar. 2018 The original boisterous, no-fuss, no-frills but fantastic seafood tapas joint continues to impress the palate (and pack in the crowds). Andrew Ferren, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Barcelona," 4 Apr. 2011 Ruffner has a point: A no-frills, very cool Kate Moss has long stepped out with little or no polish as a chic alternative to a high-maintenance hue. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "It’s Sandal Season and You Haven’t Had a Pedicure—Here’s How to Fake It," 1 May 2018 El Malecon: The miles long seawall along the coast of Havana is perfect for hanging out on a Friday night, when locals often breakout the rum bottles and bata drums for a no-frills good time with family and friends. Marjua Estevez, Billboard, "Angeles Unveils 'Me Enamoré' Video: 5 Iconic Scenes From the Cuban-Set Clip," 9 Feb. 2018 Shop Now: Kendall + Kylie frill bikini bottom, now $39, available at Revolve. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Pairs Pink Bikini With Snow Boots on the Ski Slopes," 30 Dec. 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 How to pronounce frill (audio) \

Kids Definition of frill

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

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