Pronounced: dree, verb/adj

Notes: I have run across this word in the phrase “to dree one’s weird”, but I didn’t know the meaning of the phrase, and thus didn’t know the word

Yesterday’s word

The word dernier cri means “the newest fashion” (given the example, I would have used “fad” or “popular thing” instead of “fashion” in the definition)

Background / Comments

This is a French word; dernier cri literally means “last cry”. It may have started out applying to clothing, but it’s initial English use described jewels (clothing accessories), and can also be applied to anything that is the newest item: There was a time when 8-track tapes were described as the “dernier cri”.

First usage

The word started in the late 1800s.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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