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finery1

[fahy-nuh-ree] /ˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun
1.
fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; fine1 + -ery

finery2

[fahy-nuh-ree] /ˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun, plural fineries. Metalworking.
1.
a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.
Origin
1600-10; < Middle French finerie, equivalent to fin(er) to refine (see fine1) + erie -ery
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  • On either side, necks crane forward to scrutinize every inch of the finery on exhibition.
  • He was uncomfortable in the countryside, preferring instead the finery of the city.
  • Her lack of obvious finery, however, is somewhat surprising.
  • Contemporaries noted her finery, jewels and silks and laces.
  • In the evening, a formal ball is held with everyone dressed in all their finery.
  • Often their fashionable finery was turned into bandages for use in the many hospitals created out of the necessity of war.
  • Nuclear science is a character in the story, however, but not dressed in all its technical finery.
  • All the finely cut, pale green and white finery is overwhelming at close glance.
  • The early hotel dining room served exquisite food and was a showcase of dining finery.
  • It is the same way when they come to be photographed in their wedding finery.
British Dictionary definitions for finery

finery1

/ˈfaɪnərɪ/
noun
1.
elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery

finery2

/ˈfaɪnərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron
Word Origin
C17: from Old French finerie, from finer to refine; see fine1
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Word Origin and History for finery
n.

1670s, "showy dress," from fine (adj.) + -ery. Literally, "something that is fine."

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