frill

Use the noun frill when you talk about a decorative strip used as trim. You might have a frill along the bottom of your favorite skirt.

The pleated trim or ruffle at the hem of a sweater or along the bottom of a sofa slipcover can be called a frill. You can also use the word in a more figurative way, to describe anything that's merely extra or for decoration: "The beginning of his speech was nothing but a frill," or "We need to work on our budget — first, let's cut out the frills, like getting our shoes shined and eating out every night."

Definitions of frill
  1. noun
    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    synonyms: flounce, furbelow, ruffle
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    types:
    gauffer, goffer
    an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
    jabot
    a ruffle on the front of a woman's blouse or a man's shirt
    peplum
    a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
    type of:
    adornment
    a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
  2. noun
    ornamental objects of no great value
  3. noun
    an external body part consisting of feathers or hair about the neck of a bird or other animal
    synonyms: ruff
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    type of:
    external body part
    any body part visible externally
  4. noun
    (paleontology) a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
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    type of:
    plate
    any flat platelike body structure or part
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