bric-a-brac


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bric-a-brac

 (brĭk′ə-brăk′)
n.
Small, usually ornamental objects valued for their antiquity, rarity, originality, or sentimental associations.

[French bric-à-brac, expressive of confusion.]

bric-a-brac

(ˈbrɪkəˌbræk)
n
miscellaneous small objects, esp furniture and curios, kept because they are ornamental or rare
[C19: from French; phrase based on bric piece]

bric-a-brac

or bric-à-brac

(ˈbrɪk əˌbræk)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
miscellaneous small articles collected for their decorative or other interest; knickknacks.
[1830–40; < French, Middle French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bric-a-brac - miscellaneous curios
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting

bric-a-brac

noun knick-knacks, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, odds and ends, curios, stuff, miscellany, objets d'art (French), gewgaws, bibelots, kickshaws, objects of virtu The rooms are choked with bric-a-brac.
Translations

bric-à-brac

[ˈbrɪkəbræk] N (no pl) → chucherías fpl, curiosidades fpl

bric-a-brac

[ˈbrɪkəbræk] nbric-à-brac m

bric-a-brac

nNippes m, → Nippsachen pl

bric-a-brac

[ˈbrɪkəˌbræk] n no plbric-à-brac m inv
References in classic literature ?
I said I had been having a general jail-delivery at Camelot and among neighboring castles, and with her permission I would like to examine her collection, her bric-a-brac -- that is to say, her prison- ers.
Many people say that for a male person, bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes, or decorating Japanese pots with decalcomanie butterflies would be, and these people fling mud at the elegant Englishman, Byng, who wrote a book called THE BRIC-A-BRAC HUNTER, and make fun of him for chasing around after what they choose to call "his despicable trifles"; and for "gushing" over these trifles; and for exhibiting his "deep infantile delight" in what they call his "tuppenny collection of beggarly trivialities"; and for beginning his book with a picture of himself seated, in a "sappy, self-complacent attitude, in the midst of his poor little ridiculous bric-a-brac junk shop.
Among the bric-a-brac of my heart I still cherish some of those little slips of paper with which we made international love--question and answer.
It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
But its oddities were of a different cast from those of our hero's gilded saloons on the Boulevard Haussmann: the place was low, dusky, contracted, and crowded with curious bric-a-brac.
There was no enviable bric-a-brac, with its provoking legend of cheapness, in the room in which I had seen her.
Yes: I think he is a good fellow: rather miscellaneous and bric-a-brac, but likable.
She was carrying an enormous parcel that might have been a bird-cage wrapped in brown paper, and she took it into a bric-a-brac shop and came out without it.
The wide rooms seemed too narrow for his rolling gait, and to himself he was in terror lest his broad shoulders should collide with the doorways or sweep the bric-a-brac from the low mantel.
His poor mother had put five francs in his pocket in case it became absolutely necessary that he should play cards; but she enjoined him to take nothing, to remain standing, and to be very careful not to knock over a lamp or the bric-a-brac from an etagere.
In those days it was still the custom to fill the living rooms with bric-a-brac.
For the king, whose name is Roquat of the Rocks, owns a splendid palace underneath the great mountain which is at the north end of this kingdom, and he has transformed the queen and her children into ornaments and bric-a-brac with which to decorate his rooms.