[ freyz ]
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  1. Fortification. a defense consisting of pointed stakes projecting from the ramparts in a horizontal or an inclined position.

  2. a ruff worn around the neck in the 16th century.

  1. a woman's embroidered scarf worn with ends crossed on the chest and pinned with a brooch or the like, popular in the early 19th century.

  2. Horology. a cutting tool for correcting inaccuracies in the teeth of a timepiece wheel.

Origin of fraise

1765–75; <French, derivative of fraiser “to frizzle, curl” <Provençal frezar ≪ Germanic; compare Old English frīs “curled”

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Other definitions for fraise (2 of 2)

[ frez ]

noun,plural fraises [frez]. /frɛz/. French.
  1. a brandy distilled from strawberries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fraise in a sentence

  • Le visage était congestionné, les yeux vicieux gonflés; sur la bouche s'était figée une fraise de sang.

    Histoires grises | E. Edouard Tavernier
  • A fraise is a palisade horizontal, or nearly so, projecting from the scarp or counterscarp.

  • Too much fraise cannot be awarded to Mr. Watson for his exertions in rescuing this lad.

  • fraise, my cousin, who is crying bitterly because her fine dress is wet through.

    Madame Chrysantheme | Pierre Loti
  • I wore fraise-écrasé velvet, the front covered with white "point à l'aiguille."

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife | Mary King Waddington

British Dictionary definitions for fraise


/ (freɪz) /

  1. a neck ruff worn during the 16th century

  2. a sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes

    • a tool for enlarging a drill hole

    • a tool for cutting teeth on watch wheels

Origin of fraise

C18: from French: mesentery of a calf, from Old French fraiser to remove a shell, from Latin frendere to crush

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