One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Miscellaneous objects and ornaments of little value.
ornaments, knick-knacks, trinkets, bibelots, baubles, gewgaws, trumpery, curios, gimcracksView synonyms
- ‘The open-air market is pumping an assortment of useless bric-a-brac out to its furthermost reaches.’
- ‘There were also quite a lot of Indian traders with their stalls full of bric-a-brac, combs, hair pins, scarves, etc.’
- ‘It is a mini-encyclopedia of bric-a-brac and unconsidered trifles, ranging from apostle jugs to wine and sauce labels.’
- ‘Anyone wanting to contribute books and bric-a-brac should call after 6pm.’
- ‘No wires, little heat, just a big void usually stuffed with cleaning items, shoe polish and a lot of bric-a-brac.’
- ‘The stores were packed wall to wall with antiques, novelties, furniture, restaurant equipment and bric-a-brac.’
- ‘Instead you take the box out from under your bed, and you sort through the bric-a-brac of your life.’
- ‘Auctions aren't so much funerals as autopsies, where you really do get to rummage through the personal bric-a-brac.’
- ‘While away the hours browsing for books, CDs, games, retro clothing, bric-a-brac.’
- ‘But this album is far from just a bric-a-brac jumble.’
- ‘She liked bric-a-brac and furniture, but I only realised my preference for clothes when I went off on my own.’
- ‘The domestic overtones set up by endearing dolls, toys and china bric-a-brac bring this menace close to home.’
- ‘They enjoyed nothing more than an afternoon browsing in what they called the bric-a-brac shops.’
- ‘The bare, white space looked even smaller than when it had been filled with Ali's bric-a-brac and hearty presence.’
- ‘According to Delhi wisdom, this is where locals come to recover the bric-a-brac recently burgled from their houses.’
- ‘The drawing room upstairs has an interesting assortment of objets d' art and bric-a-brac.’
- ‘Yet it still manages to retain that gallery ambience with an ambiguous dance between art object and bric-a-brac.’
- ‘Bianca is credited with percussion: assorted bric-a-brac that included children's toys and a gold-chain belt.’
- ‘Set decoration like table lamps or bric-a-brac should be secured so that they cannot be dislodged by a bump.’
- ‘Fort Street is awash with rare coins and stamps, old silver, and all manner of bric-a-brac’
Mid 19th century: from French, from obsolete à bric et à brac ‘at random’.
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