- a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
- a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
- a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.
Origin of chiffonier
Examples from the Web for chiffonnier
And as they passed her room he saw still another on the chiffonnier.The Fifth String
John Philip Sousa
This chiffonnier, he says carries in him the stuff of a Diogenes.Old and New Paris, v. 1
Henry Sutherland Edwards
There was no other in it, so she went to the chiffonnier and opened the drawer.The Quaint Companions
"That chiffonnier's basket isn't hitched high enough," she remarked.
Le pre Martin didn't—but, of course, he was only a chiffonnier, and doesn't count.
- a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
- a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves
Word Origin and History for chiffonnier
"piece of furniture with drawers for women's needlework, cloth, etc.," 1806, from French chiffonnier, a transferred use, literally "rag gatherer," from chiffon, diminutive of chiffe "rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff" (see chiffon).