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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRILL

A kind of ruffle or frill, worn formerly round the neck—a collar.

The other edge is hemmed, and the frill is double the size round the neck.

The band should be half a nail in depth, and the frill is to be crimped as evenly as possible.

Above these drawings there is a frill which falls back on the arm.

When they are ready, flour them, and fry with the liver and frill until brown.

We have a picture of him at the age of five, in a nankeen frock and a frill.

How delightfully they impart to each other the pattern of a cap, or flounce, or frill!

It is a jewel in a rosette of jewels, with a frill of weeds or turf.

Hence our verb to goffer, to give a cellular appearance to a frill.

As she unfolded it, there was Miss Lucy, with a high dress, and frill round her neck.

WORD ORIGIN

"wavy ornamental edging," 1801 (with a doubtful attestation from 1590s), of uncertain origin despite much speculation [see OED]; figurative sense of "useless ornament" first recorded 1893. The verb meaning "to furnish with a frill" is recorded in 1570s. Related: Frilled.

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