One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
trinket, bauble, knick-knack, gewgaw, gimcrack, bibelot, furbelow, ornament, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, trifle, bagatelleView synonyms
- ‘Were I a bookseller I should feel disposed to show my appreciation of this joyous and rare wantonness by decorating my wares with seasonable fallalery.’
- ‘The dazzling array of shops convey the very latest in fallalery to a very chic clientele.’
- ‘Miss Pebmarsh hadn't much money to spare for fallalery.’
- ‘Needless to say, not a single one of the partners, not at least to my knowledge, ever went to a university or any fallalery of that kind.’
- ‘I am weary of pursuing the glittery fallalery.’
Mid 19th century: from obsolete fal-lal ‘piece of finery or frippery’, perhaps from French falbala furbelow.
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