frippery

[frip-uh-ree]
noun, plural fripperies.
1.
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
2.
empty display; ostentation.
3.
gewgaws; trifles.

Origin:
1560–70; < French friperie, Old French freperie, equivalent to frepe rag + -erie -ery

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frippery (ˈfrɪpərɪ)
 
n , pl -peries
1.  ornate or showy clothing or adornment
2.  showiness; ostentation
3.  unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia
 
[C16: from Old French freperie, from frepe frill, rag, old garment, from Medieval Latin faluppa a straw, splinter, of obscure origin]

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frippery
1560s, "old clothes, cast-off garments," from M.Fr. friperie "old clothes, an old clothes shop," from O.Fr. freperie, from frepe "rag," from L.L. faluppa "chip, splinter, straw, fiber." The notion is of "things worn down, clothes rubbed to rags." The ironic meaning "finery" (but with overtones of tawdriness)
dates from 1630s.
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Insiders say cheap and burly shearers did well in the recession, as cash-strapped customers cut back on frippery.
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