Definition of tawdry lace
: a woman's tie of lace worn about the neck
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Origin and Etymology of tawdry lace
alteration of earlier St. Audrey's lace, after St. Audrey (Etheldreda or Æthelthrȳth) †679 queen of Northumbria who founded an abbey at Ely; from the tradition that she died of a throat tumor inflicted as a punishment for her fondness for necklaces
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