Pronounced Pron. TRILL-bee (English)
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Contributor Contrib.Polly Names on 5/29/2011
The name of the titular character in George Du Maurier's 1894 novel 'Trilby', about an tone-deaf model who is hypnotized to become a talented singer. The name became a (now obsolete) colloquial term for a foot, as the character's feet were objects of admiration. The word is still associated with a style of hat.