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finery

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[ fahy-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈfaɪ nə ri /
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noun
fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.
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Origin of finery

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First recorded in 1670–80; fine1 + -ery

Other definitions for finery (2 of 2)

finery2
[ fahy-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈfaɪ nə ri /

noun, plural fin·er·ies.Metalworking.
a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.

Origin of finery

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1600–10; <Middle French finerie, equivalent to fin(er) to refine (see fine1) + erie-ery
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British Dictionary definitions for finery (1 of 2)

finery1
/ (ˈfaɪnərɪ) /

noun
elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery

British Dictionary definitions for finery (2 of 2)

finery2
/ (ˈfaɪnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries
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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