- fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.
Origin of finery1
- a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.
Origin of finery2
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The men, in their coat and tails, and women, in all their finery, are forced to hop and ribbit.Nobel High Jinks
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Was Bjork consciously spoofing the notion of “swanning about” in finery, or is that giving her too much credit?The 10 Most Horrendous Oscar Gowns in History
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The poor Frenchmen looked like peacocks in their dress, but we did not envy them their finery.Ned Myers
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The Princess asked her to bring her ball dress and all the rest of her finery.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
It is a sin to wear woman's finery; or it breeds sin in women.
In young girls we observe coquetry and jealousy and the desire for finery.
Youth, beauty, health, finery and flirtation excite the sexual appetite.
- elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery
- a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron
C17: from Old French finerie, from finer to refine; see fine 1
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Word Origin and History for finery
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