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Word of the day: Furbelow

Furbelow

ˈfərbəˌlō

NOUN

A gathered strip or pleated border of a skirt or petticoat.

(Furbelows) Showy ornaments or trimmings.

VERB

Adorn with trimmings.

EXAMPLE SENTENCES

“Most of the office dressed business casual, but Katia arrived to work each day furbelowed with bold colors, vintage styles, and eye-catching jewelry.”

“I find taking the time to furbelow myself before I leave the house gives me more confidence.”

“This outfit needs a few more furbelows to make it complete.”

WORD ORIGIN

French, late 17th century

WHY THIS WORD?

“Furbelow” comes from the French term “falbala,” which describes a ruffle or flashy ornament. In English, it can be used as a verb (“to be furbelowed in finery”) or as a noun for the bits of finery. In one usage, a furbelow was a specific type of pleated border on a petticoat, but as fashions evolved, “furbelows” (plural) came to designate any type of fancy ornamentation or accessory.

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Furbelow is an attention getting ornamentation. Thus makes perfect sense if the word is split into its two parts. Fur and below. That would explain the visual attraction---.

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