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bric-a-brac

[brik-uh-brak] /ˈbrɪk əˌbræk/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
miscellaneous small articles collected for their antiquarian, sentimental, decorative, or other interest.
Also, bric-à-brac.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < French, Middle French: literally, at random, without rhyme or reason; gradational compound from elements of obscure origin
Synonyms
trinkets, gimcracks, knickknacks, baubles, gewgaws.
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British Dictionary definitions for bric à brac

bric-a-brac

/ˈbrɪkəˌbræk/
noun
1.
miscellaneous small objects, esp furniture and curios, kept because they are ornamental or rare
Word Origin
C19: from French; phrase based on bric piece
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Word Origin and History for bric à brac

bric-a-brac

n.

1840, from obsolete French à bric et à brac (16c.) "at random, any old way," a nonsense phrase.

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