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Monday, May 12, 2014

frippery

\FRIP-uh-ree\ , noun;
1.
finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
2.
empty display; ostentation.
3.
gewgaws; trifles.
Quotes:
Like certain writers of our own, Mr. Chapman is so anxious to put off the frippery of conventional literary diction, that he assumes with undue readiness the frippery of slang.
-- John Jay Chapman, Emerson and Other Essays, 1898
The first rule of white (lace) club is to steer clear of frippery. Nothing can make you look like a period-drama extra more than tiers of ruffles or cream-puff-like sleeves.
-- Meenal Mistry, "How to Wear Spring's White Lace Dresses," The Wall Street Journal, 2014
Origin:
Frippery is derived from the French frepe meaning "rag." It entered English in the late 1500s.
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