Definition of frill in English:


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Pronunciation: /frɪl


  • 1A strip of gathered or pleated material sewn on to a garment or larger piece of material as a decorative edging or ornament.
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    • 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: tiny frills of foam glistened white on the sea
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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.
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    • 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 Palaeontology An upward-curving bony plate extending behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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