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falbala

[ fal-buh-luh ]
/ ˈfæl bə lə /
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noun

a furbelow or puckered flounce for decorating dresses in the 17th century.

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Also fal·be·lo [fal-buh-loh]. /ˈfæl bəˌloʊ/.

Origin of falbala

1695–1705; <French <Italian. See furbelow
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British Dictionary definitions for falbala

falbala
/ (ˈfælbələ) /

noun

a gathered flounce, frill, or ruffle

Word Origin for falbala

C18: from French, from (dialect) ferbelà; see furbelow
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