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[fahy-nuh-ree] /ˈfaɪ nə ri/
fine or showy dress, ornaments, etc.
Origin of finery1
1670-80; fine1 + -ery


[fahy-nuh-ree] /ˈfaɪ nə ri/
noun, plural fineries. Metalworking.
a hearth for converting cast iron into wrought iron; refinery.
1600-10; < Middle French finerie, equivalent to fin(er) to refine (see fine1) + erie -ery Unabridged
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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


elaborate or showy decoration, esp clothing and jewellery


noun (pl) -eries
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

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

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