or bric-à-brac

[ brik-uh-brak ]
/ ˈbrɪk əˌbræk /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

miscellaneous small articles collected for their antiquarian, sentimental, decorative, or other interest.

Nearby words

  1. briareus,
  2. briarroot,
  3. briarwood,
  4. bribe,
  5. bribery,
  6. brice,
  7. brice, fanny,
  8. bricht,
  9. brick,
  10. brick cheese

Origin of bric-a-brac

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

SYNONYMS FOR bric-a-brac
trinkets, gimcracks, knickknacks, baubles, gewgaws. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bric-a-brac


/ (ˈbrɪkəˌbræk) /


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

Word Origin for bric-a-brac

C19: from French; phrase based on bric piece

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Word Origin and History for bric-a-brac



1840, from obsolete French à bric et à brac (16c.) "at random, any old way," a nonsense phrase.

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