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.

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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. 2020

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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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