tawdry lace


Definition of tawdry lace

: a woman's tie of lace worn about the neck

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History and Etymology for 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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“Tawdry lace.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tawdry%20lace. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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