American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Elaborate adornment, especially fine clothing and accessories.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fineness; beauty; charm.
- n. Ornament; decoration, especially gaudy or excessive decoration, as ribbons, trinkets, a stilted or flowery style in writing, etc.
- n. In metallurgy, a hearth on which cast-iron is converted into wrought-iron. Previous to the introduction of the process known as puddling, the conversion of cast-iron into wrought-iron was always effected in a finery, and this method is still in use in various regions, especially in Germany. For the best tin-plates, until recently, sheet-iron prepared in the finery was exclusively used.
- n. obsolete Fineness; beauty.
- n. Ornament; decoration; especially, excessive decoration; showy clothes; jewels.
- n. A charcoal hearth or furnace for the conversion of cast iron into wrought iron, or into iron suitable for puddling.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Fineness; beauty.
- n. Ornament; decoration; especially, excecially decoration; showy clothes; jewels.
- n. (Iron Works) A charcoal hearth or furnace for the conversion of cast iron into wrought iron, or into iron suitable for puddling.
- n. elaborate or showy attire and accessories
“He had insisted on taking her to Manchester, and, in spite of many protests, had bought her what she called finery only fit for a lass.”
“I confess that the time has been when what you call finery, was to me the dearest thing on earth; but I begin to feel differently.”
“The association, through the taboos Julia was supposed to conceal (in "finery") from me, of female bodies with danger is what makes the relational histories imprinted on women's handmade pottery so important.”
“All of that finery is hidden under their look-alike robes.”
“There were a number of overtly-dressed and armed security guards at the entrances to the room, and my trained eye noted five special agents – dressed in finery and mingled with the crowd.”
“Sunday bedizened in Spanish finery, with such a blaze and rustle, that the good vicar had to remonstrate humbly with Mrs. Leigh on the disturbance which she caused to the eyes and thoughts of all his congregation.”
“A short while before midnight the gods adorned themselves in finery and jewels.”
“That fascinating person, dripping in finery and with a foreign accent and jewels and furs, who came here once in a while was our version of Hollywood.”
“European ladies who may actually have penetrated into a harem, perhaps in Constantinople or in Cairo, are still unacquainted with the real harem; they have only known its outer semblance in the rooms kept for show, rooms where European finery is partially aped.”
“But as for the pomp and glory of her dress, there was no keeping it within bounds; and she swept into church each Sunday bedizened in Spanish finery, with such a blaze and rustle, that the good vicar had to remonstrate humbly with Mrs. Leigh on the disturbance which she caused to the eyes and thoughts of all his congregation.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘finery’.
A complete Barron's Wordlist for GRE preparation. Your online flashcard replacement.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
My big word list.
Looking for tweets for finery.