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.

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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

Even General Electric , the former fiefdom of the larger-than-life Jack Welch, has pinned its turnaround hopes on Larry Culp, a no-frills, media-shy outsider. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 This version of the DeathAdder isn’t quite no frills. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Razer's beloved DeathAdder Chroma gaming mouse is just $37, a nearly 40% discount," 26 Oct. 2018 Named for the late star’s car-chasing 1968 detective thriller of that title, the hotel calls itself no-frills, but the design is fun and stylish. New York Times, "In Belfast, a Hotel Inspired by a Steve McQueen Movie," 24 Feb. 2018 There was frills going on, there was all kind of ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes on Recode Decode," 22 Oct. 2018 Mario e Pinella is a wonderfully rustic beachside shack offering ultrafresh fish: There are no frills, but the food is fantastic, and the lovely cove of Cala Sapone is across the road. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Her knit clothes have new-money touches like superhigh slits, body-encasing workout fits, and Lolita-ish ruffles: Think a striking bodysuit, dainty biker shorts with a frill trim, off-the-shoulder tops, and cheeky tank tops. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "A Former Cardi B Video Vixen Has Created the Most Instagrammable Loungewear Brand of the Year," 26 Sep. 2018 Raise a glass for Aldi — yes, Aldi, the no-frills grocery chain known for ultra-cheap products — which has prevailed in a trade journal assessment of the best whisky. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Aldi whisky the best? Drinks honored by Spirits trade journal," 13 June 2018 Brides-to-be could suggest a theme—bohemian, frill-forward—and leave the interpretation up to the bridal party. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Chic, Nontraditional Bridesmaid Dresses for Summer," 13 July 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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