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frippery

[frip-uh-ree] /ˈfrɪp ə ri/
noun, plural fripperies.
1.
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
2.
empty display; ostentation.
3.
gewgaws; trifles.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < French friperie, Old French freperie, equivalent to frepe rag + -erie -ery
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  • Insiders say cheap and burly shearers did well in the recession, as cash-strapped customers cut back on frippery.
British Dictionary definitions for frippery

frippery

/ˈfrɪpərɪ/
noun (pl) -peries
1.
ornate or showy clothing or adornment
2.
showiness; ostentation
3.
unimportant considerations; trifles; trivia
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for frippery
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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