frip·​pery | \ ˈfri-p(ə-)rē How to pronounce frippery (audio) \
plural fripperies

Definition of frippery

1 obsolete
a : cast-off clothes
b archaic : a place where old clothes are sold
2a : finery also : an elegant or showy garment
b : something showy, frivolous, or nonessential
c : ostentation especially : something foolish or affectedly elegant

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Examples of frippery in a Sentence

The design is simple and devoid of needless frippery. dressed in their most elegant frippery for the big gala at the symphony
Recent Examples on the Web These hooded towels are just extremely cute – this list’s one item of frippery. Emily Gould, New York Times, "The Real Talk Version of Your Baby Registry," 17 Apr. 2020 Then, a more amazing thing: Amy, the youngest of the March girls, who in the novel is a very girly girl, a fan of ribbons and fripperies, is played by Florence Pugh, an Englishwoman with a voice like Marlene Dietrich. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "What’s Lost and Gained in a Modern “Little Women”," 7 Feb. 2020 Fashion alone, some dress hanging on a rack, is mindless frippery. Washington Post, "Fashion Week begins, and so does an entire industry’s angst over its very existence," 8 Feb. 2020 Offices have traditionally set aside just 3-4% of floor space for such fripperies. The Economist, "Redesigning the corporate office," 26 Sep. 2019 What wasn’t so predictable — well, c’mon, maybe a little — was that Dion would go for the trappings of nu-pop-hop, EDM and AutoTune frippery, big time, on an album that mourns the loss of her husband. A.d. Amorosi,, "Album Review: Celine Dion’s ‘Courage’," 15 Nov. 2019 Thanks to the Erie Canal, New York was booming in 1825 when Stewart invested his small inheritance in lace and other fripperies for women’s clothing. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "5 New York Buildings That Changed American History," 31 Oct. 2019 There will be pomp, circumstance, carriages, frippery and most importantly, a speech by Queen Elizabeth II herself. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for October 14: Syria, Fort Worth shooting, impeachment," 14 Oct. 2019 And some of the scarce remaining time will be filled with the centuries-old rituals that attend the reopening of Parliament—waste camouflaged by ceremonial frippery. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s Parliamentary Runaround," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of frippery

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frippery

Middle French friperie, alteration of Old French freperie, from frepe old garment

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The first known use of frippery was in 1568

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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frippery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frippery

somewhat formal + old-fashioned : something that is not necessary or not serious

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