Definition of frill in US English:

frill

noun

  • 1A strip of gathered or pleated material sewn by one side onto a garment or larger piece of material as a decorative edging or ornament.

    • ‘Lace was tied at the top, and it had little frills around spaghetti straps.’
    • ‘What if it turns out that you look really hot in frills?’
    • ‘Kelly dressed in one of her grandmother's latest proper girl dresses, which usually included lace or frills or both.’
    • ‘It was black, all right… and it had frills on the collar and sleeves.’
    • ‘Or add on the frills, scrunched sleeves and bows for a very very feminine blouse, like the pink Vuitton one on the right.’
    • ‘It was a light pale blue dress with spaghetti straps, simple, no frills or lace, that was made of some sort of slightly lustrous material.’
    • ‘There were tucks and folds and frills and bows and lace and rhinestones and embroidery and ribbons all over it.’
    • ‘She finally settled on French toast, and rose in her night gown that matched the yellow walls, with light frills on the bottom and sleeves.’
    • ‘Perhaps you prefer romantic lace, trendy ruching, vintage frays, dressy frills or the latest dirty-denim.’
    • ‘There was enough for the body and the sleeves, but not enough for the frills on the sleeve or the button band.’
    • ‘The sleeves of the shirt were, thanks to Allicia, immaculately black, the frills of the cuffs ruffled lightly.’
    • ‘The white pillow with frills on Rita's bed made an excellent muffle for the young heroine's pain-wretched moans.’
    • ‘It was a white color with long sleeves, a full skirt with lace and frills galore, and a low but modest bodice edged with pearls.’
    • ‘Her frill tore and her shoulder and her tattoo were revealed.’
    • ‘It was pink, with frills around the collar and bottom hem.’
    • ‘The shutters were latched and a faint light illuminated the embroidered curtain frills and the white satin duvet folded neatly across the bed.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that a cute outfit is made with nice light colors and pretty frills.’
    • ‘He sported a purple waistcoat with gold stripes and frills of lace at his throat and cuffs.’
    • ‘It had frills at the end of the sleeves and exposed her shoulders.’
    • ‘The hallway of Van Beveren's house is filled with colourful tops, dresses and bathing suits with strategically placed frills, bold prints or appliqués.’
    ruffle, flounce, ruff, furbelow, jabot, peplum, flute, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
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    1. 1.1 A thing resembling a frill in appearance or function.
      ‘a frill of silver hair surrounded a shining bald pate’
      • ‘To overcome the wax problem one may use a paper frill, or a silver foil mince pie container to create a collar containing the wax.’
      • ‘One variety has double flowers that are a mass of frills but it almost seems like too much perfection in one flower.’
      • ‘In his book on orchids he documents the elaborate frills and furbelows, gimmicks and traps, that lure and exploit insect pollinators, thereby ensuring cross-fertilization.’
    2. 1.2 A natural fringe of feathers or hair on a bird or other animal.
      • ‘These reptiles are often ornamented with a crest of scales along the back, as well as assorted spines, frills, and throat fans; all this gives them a remarkably prehistoric appearance.’
    3. 1.3 An upward-curving bony plate extending behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs.
      • ‘Their ornamented dome may have served as a communication system that was primarily visual within species, analogous to the crests, horns, and frills of ceratopsid dinosaurs.’
      • ‘On some Triceratops fossils, both on the face and on the frill (the only plate extending back over its neck), there are healed puncture wounds.’
      • ‘So ceratopsian frills may also have functioned as heat radiators, or signaling devices, or to attract mates, in addition to whatever protective function they may or may not have had.’
      • ‘Three prominent horns and a large frill at the back of the skull are the distinguishing characteristics of Triceratops.’
      • ‘For example, let's say you've got an eight-foot long skull of a Triceratops-like dinosaur adorned with horns over the nose and eyes, and an elongated bony frill sticking out behind.’
  • 2usually frillsAn unnecessary extra feature or embellishment.

    ‘it was just a comfortable apartment with no frills’
    • ‘For the person who wants a solid variety of programming but doesn't want any extra frills, this is the way to go.’
    • ‘All told, this disc presents a pleasant slate of pop jazz tunes with no frills.’
    • ‘The lines and silhouettes throughout the room were smooth and clean, devoid of frills or embellishments.’
    • ‘‘In an economic downturn, you cut out the frills,’ Funderburg says.’
    • ‘Cross argues that dismissing music as a useless frill smacks of ethnocentricity.’
    • ‘In an article last October, I described how my wife and I planned to chop around £800 a month from our expenses by cutting back on unnecessary luxuries, frills and trimmings.’
    • ‘At the same time, youth counsellors have been cut out of Toronto's public education system as a frill.’
    • ‘There are big changes coming up on the website, with added frills and better accessibility.’
    • ‘It's as nice a defensive pistol as you can buy, with every feature needed and no unnecessary frills.’
    • ‘And while we like mass transit, door-to-door school bus service is a frill they should cut.’
    • ‘‘Our clients are paying for our services, not the extra frills of working from the glassy palaces of Covent Garden,’ he said.’
    • ‘First, you make well-intentioned promises to throw a small, intimate gathering, with minimal frills and no bells or whistles.’
    • ‘Some of the tax code's frills and furbelows are justifiable.’
    • ‘They want no fuss, frills, complications and definitely no maintenance.’
    • ‘They don't include a whole lot of frills and extras, but the end result is a cheaper priced board.’
    • ‘The symposium will bring together a host of experts, and help us have new perspectives in which history and their players appear without frills.’
    • ‘Natchez brings big New Orleans flavors to the East Village, without frills or gimmicks.’
    • ‘But the San Francisco Chronicle declared that it is ‘a routine thriller, with Western frills and fringes’.’
    • ‘However, thanks to its extra frills like a high-resolution screen and the camera, it retails at a steep price of $999.’
    • ‘Donald's focus underscores a basic fact in business today: Training and learning are not extras or frills.’
    ostentation, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, fanciness, fuss, chichi, garnishing, garnishment, gilding, excess
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Origin

Late 16th century: from or related to Flemish frul.

Pronunciation

frill

/fril//frɪl/