1. Ostentation, as in fancy clothing.
  2. Useless things; trifles.
    • 1892 April, Frederick Law Olmsted, Report by F.L.O., quoted in 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, New York, N.Y.: Crown Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-609-60844-9, page 170:
      [Olmsted reiterated his insistence that in Chicago] simplicity and reserve will be practiced and petty effects and frippery avoided.
  3. (obsolete) Cast-off clothes.
  4. (obsolete) The trade or traffic in old clothes.
  5. (obsolete) The place where old clothes are sold.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      O, ho, monster! we know what belongs to a frippery.
  6. Hence: secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.
    • Oliver Goldsmith
      fond of gauze and French frippery
    • Sir Walter Scott
      the gauzy frippery of a French translation
  • Russian: мишура

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