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[ahrm-wahr, ahrm-wahr] /ɑrmˈwɑr, ˈɑrm wɑr/
a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.
Origin of armoire
1565-75; < Middle French; Old French blend of armaire and aumoire ambry
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for armoire
Historical Examples
  • I want you to see an armoire that he has carved, it is up in our exhibition room.

  • He had supposed it to be left behind in the armoire at Boisveyrac.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He turned on his side and watched the sunbeam as it crept up the face of the armoire.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • It seemed such a small brown spot, in such haste, dipping between the candles on the armoire.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • He puffed out a candle and watched her bend over another atop the armoire.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • Opening the armoire, she took out a box of exquisitely inlaid woods, and placed it upon the table.

  • And the clever hussy drew from her armoire a little dagger, which she knew how to use with great skill when necessary.

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • It certainly contains no weapons, so cannot be an armoury, and we conjecture that her word must be a corruption of armoire.

  • Then taking a cloak from the armoire he enveloped himself in it, so as to completely hide the jeweled scabbard.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • He thrust his hand within the armoire and unhitched the white tunic from its peg.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for armoire


a large cabinet, originally used for storing weapons
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium chest, closet; see ambry
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Word Origin and History for armoire

1570s, from French armoire, from Old French armarie (12c.) "cupboard, bookcase, reliquary," from Latin armarium "closet, chest, place for implements or tools," from arma "gear, tools, arms" (see arm (n.2)). Before being reborrowed from French, the word earlier was in English as ambry (late 14c.).

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