One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural fineriesmass noun
Expensive or ostentatious clothes or decoration.‘officers in their blue, gold, and scarlet finery’
regalia, best clothes, elaborate clothes, garb, best, sunday bestView synonyms
- ‘In the reception hall, Tibetan furniture, finery and ornaments evoked such alien sentiments that we were immediately addicted to them.’
- ‘Even girls who aren't trying for fashion as a career, but don't care much for drawing anything else, will cover pages with pictures of girls - themselves - dressed in imagined finery.’
- ‘The brainchild of Divya Gurwara, the exposition for all-bridal finery, apparel, and products is held every year in New Delhi in September or October.’
- ‘Abdul posed carefully for my photo in his engagement finery - shimmering white robe, ceremonial cane, tasselled belt with inlaid dagger thrust under it and embroidered hat.’
- ‘Unknown to them, a British officer watches the loyal soldiers defend their princess but is stunned to see the ladies of the escort also join in the fighting, led by a slim, commanding figure dressed in regal finery.’
- ‘She made sure she wasn't dressed in finery and she even swallowed her pride for the day and a half journey through the woods.’
- ‘Over the course of two days, women dressed in traditional Valencian finery carrying bunches of carnations troop into the square to the accompaniment of folk bands and TV cameras.’
- ‘All were dressed in finery; an evening dress or two, black suits, pearls.’
- ‘Whether dressed in work clothes or finery, or in various states of undress, his most enduring images of women are those which offer glimpses of the contradictions and complexities of existence.’
- ‘The initiate is dressed in finery and escorted with pomp to the monastery, where his head and eyebrows are shaved.’
- ‘In York, clubbers dressed in party finery mixed with older couples and families with young children outside the Minster, cleared of its scaffolding for the first time in more than a decade especially for the occasion.’
- ‘Daemon idly wondered how she could move in all those layers of clothes, though her finery was proof that she was truly a noble.’
- ‘The King was dressed in his finery - blue robes stitched with silver, the buttons made from silver and his cloak lined with ermine.’
- ‘Where and how did they acquire such elaborate clothing and finery: jewellery and musical instruments, money for lavish food and drink?’
- ‘I pranced in without knocking to find Mother, dressed in her scarlet finery, standing on the platform the seamstresses used to pin dresses.’
- ‘What a crowd, from geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) to grandmas and and grandpas, tourists and romantic couples, the young women dressed in kimono finery.’
- ‘They are all bearded bigwigs dressed in finery and look remarkably alike.’
- ‘Furiously, Louis tore off the leather gloves adding them to the trail of expensive finery he had ripped off.’
- ‘A richly decorated palanquin, escorted by a band of priests and devotees, carried in the Kumari, dressed in her gold and scarlet finery.’
- ‘The pupils dressed in white finery sat attentively throughout the mass.’
Late 17th century: from fine, on the pattern of bravery.
A hearth where pig iron was converted into wrought iron.
Late 16th century: from French finerie, from Old French finer ‘refine’.
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