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Definition of "persiflage" [per•si•flage]

  • Light good-natured talk; banter. (noun)
  • Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "persiflage" in a sentence
  • "I asked her if she really thought dangerous papist ideas were kneaded in with the bread, but she would not listen to my mild "persiflage," and went away rather anxious about my spiritual welfare."
  • "One hopes there will always be a "persiflage" like that of"
  • "Jeanie knew that there was a kind of persiflage – though she did not know the word nor yet what it meant – in which marriage was spoken of as bondage, and it was said of a man that he was going up for execution on his marriage-day."