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A gaudy or showy ornament or trinket.
[Middle English gaud, gaudi, sing. of gaudies, large, ornamental beads on a rosary, trinkets, from Medieval Latin gaudia, from Latin, pl. of gaudium, joy (referring to the Joyful Mysteries of the Virgin Mary), from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) an article of cheap finery; trinket; bauble
[C14: probably from Old French gaudir to be joyful, from Latin gaudēre]
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a showy ornament or trinket.
[1300–50; Middle English, perhaps < Anglo-French, n. use of gaudir to rejoice « Latin gaudēre to enjoy]
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|Noun||1.||gaud - cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing|
adornment - a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
trinketry - trinkets and other ornaments of dress collectively
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