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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The chiffonnier, however, despised as he is, figures a good deal in literature.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • On her way out she stopped before Taffy's picture—a chiffonnier with his lantern bending over a dust heap.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • "That chiffonnier's basket isn't hitched high enough," she remarked.

    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
  • 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
  • For Trilby had a chiffonnier's basket strapped on her back, and carried a pick and lantern.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • This chiffonnier, he says carries in him the stuff of a Diogenes.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Paper-maker, a rag-gatherer, or gutter-raker—similar to the chiffonnier of Paris.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Le pre Martin didn't—but, of course, he was only a chiffonnier, and doesn't count.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • She left them, therefore, with the exception of such as she wore every day, openly displayed on a chiffonnier.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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