Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day


purfle (PUR-fuhl) - n., an ornamental border. v., to decorate with such a band.

What a purfle is depends on what it's applied to: On clothing, it's typically a ruffle but can be embroidery. On musical instruments such a viol, it's an inlay of differently colored wood. Furniture, it can be that as well or breeding (line of beads) or cording. In heraldry, a border of one of the furs or sometimes spaced gold studs. And so on -- the main point being it's a border and it's decorative. It's one of those words that, in the clothing sense, sounds much like itself. It entered the language around 1300 as purfilen, from Old French porfiler, to make or adorn a border, from Vulgar Latin *prōfīlāre, from Latin prō-, forth + fīlum, thread -- thus showing the clothing is the original sense.

Mary was all set for the dance, her hair neatly braided, wearing a blue gingham dress with a purfle that just swept the floor.


  • Sunday Word: Merrythought

    merrythought [ mer-ee-thawt] adjective: (British English) the wishbone or furcula of a fowl, the forked bone between the neck and breast of a…

  • Tuesday word: Solace

    Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021 Solace (noun, verb) sol·ace [sol-is] noun Also called sol·ace·ment. 1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble;…

  • Sunday Word: Saltings

    saltings [ sawlt-ings] noun: (British English) areas of low ground regularly inundated with salt water, often taken to include their…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded