[ fri-zey ]

  1. a rug or upholstery fabric having the pile in uncut loops or in a combination of cut and uncut loops.

Origin of frisé

1880–85; <French: noun use of past participle of friser to curl, probably derivative of fris-, stem of frire to fry1, some foods taking on a curllike form when fried

Words Nearby frisé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frisé in a sentence

  • Later that night, he loaded Tavar's corpse into a car along with her two prized bichon frise pups, Ku Bear and Huey.

    The Seductive Killer Drifter | Justine Griffin | October 26, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The more you insist, the more she erects bastions of ignorance, the more she isolates herself by chevaux-de-frise.

  • To the left and below was the river, roaring, hissing, and foaming through its chevaux-de-frise of rocks.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Cheveaux-de-frise of pointed sticks protected the fort from a scaling party.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • On the right is a recessed window, through which the top of an old grey wall with chevaux-de-frise and foliage above can be seen.

    The Brass Bottle | F. Anstey
  • Black decaying trunks of trees stood up at various angles, often bristling with dead branches like chevaux-de-frise.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for frisé


/ (ˈfriːzeɪ) /

  1. a fabric with a long normally uncut nap used for upholstery and rugs

Origin of frisé

from French, literally: curled

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