frippery

noun frip·pery \ ˈfri-p(ə-)rē \
|Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of frippery

plural fripperies
1 obsolete
a : cast-off clothes
b archaic : a place where old clothes are sold
2 a : 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

  1. The design is simple and devoid of needless frippery.

  2. dressed in their most elegant frippery for the big gala at the symphony

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Origin and Etymology of frippery

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

frippery Synonyms

Near Antonyms

tatters;

Phrases

best bib and tucker;


FRIPPERY Defined for English Language Learners

frippery

Definition of frippery for English Language Learners

  • : something that is not necessary or not serious


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