1A strip of gathered or pleated material sewn on to a garment or larger piece of material as a decorative edging or ornament.
- 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.
1.3 Palaeontology 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.
- 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 flat 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, chichi, garnishing, garnishment, gilding, excess;
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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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