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Definition of tawdry:

  1. A necklace of a rural fashion, bought at St. Audrey's fair; hence, a necklace in general.
  2. Bought at the festival of St. Audrey.
  3. Very fine and showy in colors, without taste or elegance; having an excess of showy ornaments without grace; cheap and gaudy; as, a tawdry dress; tawdry feathers; tawdry colors.


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