finery

1
[fahy-nuh-ree]
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Origin of finery

1
First recorded in 1670–80; fine1 + -ery

finery

2
[fahy-nuh-ree]
noun, plural fin·er·ies. Metalworking.
  1. a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.

Origin of finery

2
1600–10; < Middle French finerie, equivalent to fin(er) to refine (see fine1) + erie -ery
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Contemporary Examples of finery

  • Caroline Baudelaire was a good-looking woman who delighted in dressing in her finery when going out at night.

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    Baudelaire’s Femme Fatale Muse

    James MacManus

    May 7, 2013

  • The men, in their coat and tails, and women, in all their finery, are forced to hop and ribbit.

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    Nobel High Jinks

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    December 8, 2009

  • Was Bjork consciously spoofing the notion of “swanning about” in finery, or is that giving her too much credit?

Historical Examples of finery


British Dictionary definitions for finery

finery

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

finery

2
noun plural -eries
  1. a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron

Word Origin for finery

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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