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

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 How can the Zelenskys indulge in such frippery when there’s a war on? Melik Kaylan, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 Back in 1990, the CRX Si didn't have airbags, let alone touchscreens or digital frippery. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 13 June 2022 My Lightning is the ideal Lightning, bereft of frippery but fitted with the most powerful motors, an homage to its tail-happy namesake. Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 All the frippery and pressures of their lives were left behind in Palermo. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Yet in the end, amid all the fun and frippery, the one garment that most lingered was perhaps the least elaborate, least formal of all: the T-shirt worn by Billie Eilish for her performance. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Fans repaid her with a fierce devotion, showing up to her readings in their finest vampiric frippery. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 In the last act, Wagner removes all the frippery, with just three characters and their own personal stories. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Robin’s deep knowledge of Portland history—displaying his sense of tradition underneath the frippery—gradually but ineluctably leads to the movie’s meatball scene, the one that delivers its dose of populist demagogy in a single bite. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 See More

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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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“Frippery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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