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: cast-off clothes
: a place where old clothes are sold
: an elegant or showy garment
: something showy, frivolous, or nonessential
: something foolish or affectedly elegant
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array, best, bravery, caparison, feather, finery, full dress, gaiety (also gayety), glad rags, regalia
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1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle French friperie, alteration of Old French freperie, from frepe old garment
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: something that is not necessary or not serious
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a knickknack or trinket
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