furbelow

noun
fur·​be·​low | \ ˈfər-bə-ˌlō How to pronounce furbelow (audio) \

Definition of furbelow

1 : a pleated or gathered piece of material especially : a flounce on women's clothing
2 : something that suggests a furbelow especially in being showy or superfluous

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furbelow transitive verb

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Examples of furbelow in a Sentence

she opted for a simple wedding dress that did without all the frills and furbelows
Recent Examples on the Web Porsche's design department clearly had fun with this model, reaching deep into the brand's endless reservoir of badges and colors, frills and furbelows. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Throws Back to '50s and '60s," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of furbelow

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for furbelow

by folk etymology from French dialect farbella

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The first known use of furbelow was in 1702

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“Furbelow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furbelow. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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