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finery1

[fahy-nuh-ree] /ˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun
1.
fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.
Origin of finery1
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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  • And look at the groom dressed out in all that finery—plunder, I suppose.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • The Princess asked her to bring her ball dress and all the rest of her finery.

  • The blacks, however, were about in crowds in their Sunday finery.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • It is a sin to wear woman's finery; or it breeds sin in women.

  • Cutter began tumbling out upon the floor an assortment of clothing, evincing little respect for the Mexican's finery.

    The Bells of San Juan Jackson Gregory
  • In young girls we observe coquetry and jealousy and the desire for finery.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • One complains that such a lady's finery is the occasion that his own wife and daughter appear so long in the same gown.

    Isaac Bickerstaff Richard Steele
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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