- a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman’s skirt or petticoat.
- any bit of showy trimming or finery.
verb (used with object)
- to ornament with or as if with furbelows.
- a flounce, ruffle, or other ornamental trim
- (often plural) showy ornamentation
- (tr) to put a furbelow on (a garment)
c.1700, alteration of falbala, from French falbala (17c., cognate with Provençal farbello), from Italian falda “fold, flap, pleat,” from PIE *pel- “to fold.” As a verb from 1701.