tawdry lace

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of St. Audrey's lace, with reference to Saint Audrey or Æthelthryth/Æðelþryð (died 679), an Anglo-Saxon saint in whose honour a fair was held.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔːdri leɪs/

Noun[edit]

tawdry lace (plural tawdry laces)

  1. (obsolete) A silk ribbon or string worn as a necklace in the 16th and early-17th centuries.

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