\ 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



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

Other Words from frill


frilly \ ˈfri-​lē How to pronounce frill (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for frill

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The collection, which will surely be talked about as the best of the entire week, was an unflinching reminder that a serious depth of femininity — the frilled, bedazzled, artistic kind — should never be mistaken for weakness. Gabrielle Korn,, 13 Feb. 2020 Bound in a pale pink casing, the catalog comprises two mint green volumes that walk the reader through the history and modern applications of camp in all its feathered and frilled glory. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2019 Town & Country reported the ivory taffeta dress was embroidered with sequins, frilled lace and 10,000 pearls. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 29 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ruffles come in all sizes and levels of, well, frill. Eva Thomas,, 15 May 2022 Amazon’s no-frill, low-wage, high-turnover labor model is beginning to show signs of stress. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 20 June 2022 For their tennis socks, one set glows in the dark, while the other plays as pretty-in-pink Paris frill. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 8 June 2022 From the popularized Dilophosaurus – which did not have a frill – to the enormous, long-necked Sonorasaurus, Arizona's dinosaurs were spectacular. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2022 The company’s Department of Interior Team, led by Taylor Leage, was inspired by the warm, woodsy, frill-free Prairie School style championed by Frank Lloyd Wright. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 The coffin was covered in a pale pink fabric with a white frill trim — chosen for a young girl. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 The 50-year-old aviation veteran has 26 years of experience across full service and no-frill airlines. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 12 May 2022 Much of that mass was in its gigantic head, which was studded with three large horns — two above the eyes and one on its nose — and protected by the bony frill around its neck. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of frill


1574, in the meaning defined above


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frill


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

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Kids Definition of frill

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

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