bric-a-brac

bric-a-brac

[brik-uh-brak]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
miscellaneous small articles collected for their antiquarian, sentimental, decorative, or other interest.
Also, bric-à-brac.


Origin:
1830–40; < French, Middle French: literally, at random, without rhyme or reason; gradational compound from elements of obscure origin


trinkets, gimcracks, knickknacks, baubles, gewgaws.
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bric-a-brac (ˈbrɪkəˌbræk)
 
n
miscellaneous small objects, esp furniture and curios, kept because they are ornamental or rare
 
[C19: from French; phrase based on bric piece]

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