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finery1

[fahy-nuh-ree]
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noun
  1. fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.

Origin of finery1

First recorded in 1670–80; fine1 + -ery

finery2

[fahy-nuh-ree]
noun, plural fin·er·ies. Metalworking.
  1. a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.

Origin of finery2

1600–10; < Middle French finerie, equivalent to fin(er) to refine (see fine1) + erie -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for finery

finery1

noun
  1. elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery

finery2

noun plural -eries
  1. a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron

Word Origin

C17: from Old French finerie, from finer to refine; see fine 1
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Word Origin and History for finery

n.

1670s, "showy dress," from fine (adj.) + -ery. Literally, "something that is fine."

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