finery

1
[fahy-nuh-ree]

noun

fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.

Nearby words

  1. fineable,
  2. finely,
  3. fineness,
  4. fineness ratio,
  5. finer,
  6. fines herbes,
  7. finespun,
  8. finesse,
  9. finest,
  10. finestra

Origin of finery

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

finery

2
[fahy-nuh-ree]

noun, plural fin·er·ies. Metalworking.

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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British Dictionary definitions for finery

finery

1

noun

elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery

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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Word Origin and History for finery

finery

n.

1670s, "showy dress," from fine (adj.) + -ery. Literally, "something that is fine."

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