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A showy and purely ornamental thing.‘displays of overpriced gauds’
ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toyView synonyms
- ‘It had been a fantastic dream, a mishmash of style, gaud and history, and the Queen's magnetic personality had seemed to blend these together, creating odd, delightful harmonies and strangely beautiful effects.’
Middle English (denoting a trick or pretence): perhaps via Anglo-Norman French from Old French gaudir ‘rejoice’, from Latin gaudere; perhaps influenced by obsolete gaud ‘ornamental bead in a rosary’.
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