or bric-à-brac

[ brik-uh-brak ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. miscellaneous small articles collected for their antiquarian, sentimental, decorative, or other interest.

Origin of bric-a-brac

1830–40; <French, Middle French: literally, at random, without rhyme or reason; gradational compound from elements of obscure origin

Other words for bric-a-brac

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How to use bric-a-brac in a sentence

  • All that scientific bric-a-brac in the cupboard had far better be thrown away.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • What say you, you whose admiration for the masterpieces of past ages has created the modern trade of the sellers of bric-a-brac?

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • There were heavily groined parlors reposing in velvety carpets, bric-a-brac and rugs.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • Rare paintings and the richest of bric-a-brac occupied the walls and other available places.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton | Laura Jean Libbey
  • At the very first you come to you stop involuntarily, lost in admiration over what you take to be bric-a-brac.

    The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell

British Dictionary definitions for bric-a-brac


/ (ˈbrɪkəˌbræk) /

  1. miscellaneous small objects, esp furniture and curios, kept because they are ornamental or rare

Origin of bric-a-brac

C19: from French; phrase based on bric piece

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