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frippery

[ frip-uh-ree ]
/ ˈfrɪp ə ri /
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noun, plural frip·per·ies.
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
empty display; ostentation.
gewgaws; trifles.
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Origin of frippery

1560–70; <French friperie,Old French freperie, equivalent to frepe rag + -erie-ery
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British Dictionary definitions for frippery

frippery
/ (ˈfrɪpərɪ) /

noun plural -peries
ornate or showy clothing or adornment
showiness; ostentation
unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia

Word Origin for frippery

C16: from Old French freperie, from frepe frill, rag, old garment, from Medieval Latin faluppa a straw, splinter, of obscure origin
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