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

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, "An Exclusive First Look at the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Catalog," 3 Apr. 2019 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

The strategy has served it well, appealing to a majority of short-haul flyers who prize cheap fares over other frills. M.r., The Economist, "Ryanair is starting to hide its brand," 14 June 2019 Not a frill But the new parks and trails aren’t just amenities for thriving neighborhoods. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 Getty Images WPA PoolGetty Images The high-end piece featured an empire-waist silhouette with mid-length sleeves, complete with pretty frill detail to the shape. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Floral Erdem Dress Is a Royal Family Favorite," 21 May 2019 The model home features few frills: no pool, no bathroom for each bedroom, no flashy off-site design studio to see decorating options, just some swatches and flooring samples in the garage of a model home. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The U.S. Housing Boom Is Coming to an End, Starting in Dallas," 26 Nov. 2018 Mtsvadi, hunks of pork grilled over grapevines until crackling and drippy, are a specialty at Nikala, a no-frills roadside restaurant in Vardisubani next to Chateau Mere wine hotel. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 For a no-frills counter-service restaurant like Boo-Boo’s, fresh, made-from-scratch bread feels like a luxury. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Let's talk about the bread at Boo-Boo's Sandwiches," 27 Feb. 2018 Awash Ethiopian Restaurant is a sincere no-frills restaurant and the only eatery in Miami with the distinctive cuisine of the East African country abutting the Horn of Africa. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "You can finally get Ethiopian food in Miami again," 11 Jan. 2018 After a no frills, bars-heavy opening set by G.O.O.D. Music wordsmith CyHi the Prynce that had the crowd nodding their heads and singing along with mixtape cuts, Big K.R.I.T. took the stage. William E. Ketchum Iii, Billboard, "Big K.R.I.T. Exudes Hip-Hop Royalty at NYC's Irving Plaza for Heavy Is the Crown Tour," 24 Mar. 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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