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frill / fril/ • n. a strip of gathered or pleated material sewn by one side onto a garment or larger piece of material as a decorative edging or ornament. ∎  a thing resembling such a strip in appearance or function: a frill of silver hair surrounded a shining bald pate. ∎  a natural fringe of feathers or hair on a bird or other animal. ∎  Paleontology an upward-curving bony plate extending behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs. ∎  (usu. frills) fig. an unnecessary extra feature or embellishment: it was just a comfortable apartment with no frills. DERIVATIVES: frilled adj. frill·er·y / ˈfrilərē/ n.

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