AskDefine | Define frippery

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frippery n : something of little value or significance [syn: bagatelle, fluff, frivolity]

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French friperie, from fruper. See fripper.



  1. Ostentation, as in fancy clothing
  2. Something trivial
  3. Cast-off clothes.
  4. The place where old clothes are sold.
  5. Hence: secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.
    Fond of gauze and French frippery. — Goldsmith.
    The gauzy frippery of a French translation. — Sir W. Scott.
  6. The trade or traffic in old clothes.
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