bric-a-brac

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See also: bricabrac and bric-à-brac

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Etymology[edit]

A bric-a-brac (sense 1) shop in Woorim, Queensland, Australia.
Bric-a-brac (sense 1) on sale in a flea market in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.

Borrowed from French bric-à-brac (miscellaneous items of little value), apparently from à bricq et à bracq (at random; haphazardly); bricq and bracq are expressive onomatopoeias of obscure origin.[1]

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Noun[edit]

bric-a-brac (uncountable) (also attributively)

  1. Small ornaments and other miscellaneous display items of little value.
    Synonyms: brickety-brack, knick-knacks; see also Thesaurus:trinket
  2. (by extension) Any collection containing a variety of miscellaneous items; a hodgepodge, an olio.

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  1. ^ Compare “bric-a-brac, n. and adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2021; “bric-a-brac, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Noun[edit]

bric-a-brac m (invariable)

  1. bric-a-brac
    Synonyms: cianfrusaglia, ciarpame, paccottaglia