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frill

verb \ ˈfril \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of frill

transitive verb
:to provide or decorate with a frill

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First Known Use of frill

1574


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frill

noun

Definition of frill

1 a :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
3 a :affectation, air usually used in plural
  • intellectual frills and fustian
  • —Joseph Epstein
b :something decorative or useful and desirable but not essential :luxury

frilly

play \ˈfri-lē\ adjective

Examples of frill in a Sentence

  1. The dress had frills around the hem and sleeves.

  2. He likes plain food without any frills.

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Origin and Etymology of frill

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


FRILL Defined for English Language Learners

frill

noun

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

frill

noun \ ˈfril \

Definition of frill for Students

1 :2ruffle
2 :something added mostly for show
  • The food was plain without any frills.


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