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or chiffonnier

[shif-uh-neer] /ˌʃɪf əˈnɪər/
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
From the French word chiffonnier, dating back to 1800-10. See chiffon, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • 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 Leonard Merrick
  • "That chiffonnier's basket isn't hitched high enough," she remarked.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Le pre Martin didn't—but, of course, he was only a chiffonnier, and doesn't count.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Standing with his back to a chiffonnier, he remarked to a friend that most of the old faces had disappeared.

  • On her way out she stopped before Taffy's picture—a chiffonnier with his lantern bending over a dust heap.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • At the same moment down came three or four bottles from the chiffonnier and shot a web of pungency into the air of the room.

    The Invisible Man H. G. Wells
  • For Trilby had a chiffonnier's basket strapped on her back, and carried a pick and lantern.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • The first to appear was a 'chiffonnier,' who threw his sack and pick down by the basin, bathed his face, and drank from his hand.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for chiffonnier


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
C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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