Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Showy or gaudy decoration; ostentatious or pretentious show.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. finery; ornaments; ostentatious display.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Finery; ornaments; ostentatious display.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Finery; fine things; show.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cheap or pretentious or vain display

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Examples

  • But above all, that of the triumph, amongst the Romans, was not pageants or gaudery, but one of the wisest and noblest institutions, that ever was.

    The Essays

  • Here were colors to delight her — marigold yellows as intense as sunlight, coral reds and blood reds and rust reds, joyous oranges and plangent blue-greens — and patterns to astonish, blossoms and vines and bulbs and leaves, every manner of floral gaudery both woven and embroidered in the style proper to a woman of rank.

    Spirit Gate

  • But above all, that of the triumph, amongst the Romans, was not pageants or gaudery, but one of the wisest and noblest institutions that ever was.

    XXIX. Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates

  • For age, which naturally and unavoidably is but one remove from death, and consequently should have nothing about it but what looks like a decent preparation for it, scarce ever appears of late days but in the high mode, the flaunting garb, and utmost gaudery of youth; with clothes as ridiculously, and as much in the fashion, as the person that wears them is usually grown out of it.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. II.

  • Butterfly in a Box, intending to examine its gaudery with my _Microscope_,

    Micrographia Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon

  • And the ice-cream gaudery of his paints simply enhances the fact that you actually want to put these almost - touchable bodies in your mouth ...

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  • What some people unfortunately choose to wear to the office Christmas party.

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