mi·​nau·​de·​rie | \ mēˈnōdrē\
plural -s

Definition of minauderie

: a coquettish air usually used in plural the minauderies of the young ladies in the ballrooms— W. M. Thackeray

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History and Etymology for minauderie

French, from Middle French, from (assumed) Middle French minauder to simper (whence French minauder) (from Middle French mine appearance, look) + Middle French -erie -ery

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