Definition of bric-a-brac in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪkəbrak/


[mass noun]
Miscellaneous objects and ornaments of little value: then came donations of bric-a-brac [as modifier]: bric-a-brac stalls
More example sentences
  • There were also quite a lot of Indian traders with their stalls full of bric-a-brac, combs, hair pins, scarves, etc.
  • Fort Street is awash with rare coins and stamps, old silver, and all manner of bric-a-brac
  • She liked bric-a-brac and furniture, but I only realised my preference for clothes when I went off on my own.
ornaments, knick-knacks, trinkets, bibelots, baubles, gewgaws, trumpery, curios, gimcracks;
bits and pieces, bits and bobs, odds and ends, miscellanea, sundries, things, stuff;
North American  kickshaws
informal junk
British informal odds and sods
rare knick-knackery


Mid 19th century: from French, from obsolete à bric et à brac 'at random'.

  • This comes from French, from the obsolete phrase à bric et à brac ‘at random’.

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