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Monday, May 12, 2014

Definitions for frippery

  1. finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
  2. empty display; ostentation.
  3. gewgaws; trifles.

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Citations for frippery
Like certain writers of our own, Mr. Chapman is so anxious to put off the frippery of conventional literary diction, that he assumes with undue readiness the frippery of slang. John Jay Chapman, Emerson and Other Essays, 1898
The first rule of white (lace) club is to steer clear of frippery. Nothing can make you look like a period-drama extra more than tiers of ruffles or cream-puff-like sleeves. Meenal Mistry, "How to Wear Spring's White Lace Dresses," The Wall Street Journal, 2014
Origin of frippery
Frippery is derived from the French frepe meaning "rag." It entered English in the late 1500s.