Definition of frill in English:

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Pronunciation: /fril/


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.
Example sentences
  • It was pink, with frills around the collar and bottom hem.
  • The sleeves of the shirt were, thanks to Allicia, immaculately black, the frills of the cuffs ruffled lightly.
  • There were tucks and folds and frills and bows and lace and rhinestones and embroidery and ribbons all over it.
1.1A thing resembling a frill in appearance or function: a frill of silver hair surrounded a shining bald pate
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  • 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.
1.2A natural fringe of feathers or hair on a bird or other animal.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 Paleontology An upward-curving bony plate extending behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
2 (usually frills) An unnecessary extra feature or embellishment: it was just a comfortable apartment with no frills
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  • 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.
  • It's as nice a defensive pistol as you can buy, with every feature needed and no unnecessary frills.
  • ‘Our clients are paying for our services, not the extra frills of working from the glassy palaces of Covent Garden,’ he said.
ostentation, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, fanciness, fuss, chi-chi, gilding, excess;



Pronunciation: /frild/
Example sentences
  • To my delight, it really is frilled and ruffled.
  • The petals may be overlapped, recurved, frilled, crinkled or ruffled.
  • She wore a conservative blouse of dark cream chiffon, with a high, frilled collar and ruffles up the front.


Pronunciation: /ˈfrilərē/
Example sentences
  • That's serious stuff, folks - and incredibly tasty - but described without fanfare and presented with grace in lieu of frillery.
  • Remove all of this nasty green frillery and replace it with good British blackthorn, beech or other ‘proper’ hedge.
  • Patches might be worn by badge holders, but the actual badge is the talisman, the other just frillery.


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

Words that rhyme with frill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will

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