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furniture

[fur-ni-cher]
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noun
  1. the movable articles, as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
  2. fittings, apparatus, or necessary accessories for something.
  3. equipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
  4. Also called bearer, dead metal. Printing. pieces of wood or metal, less than type high, set in and about pages of type to fill them out and hold the type in place in a chase.

Origin of furniture

1520–30; < French fourniture, derivative of fournir to furnish
Related formsfur·ni·ture·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for furniture

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Historical Examples

  • For its being a little bare of furniture, all such places were.

    To be Read at Dusk

    Charles Dickens

  • The furniture screened the two watchers, and he fancied himself alone.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Sir, it is a useless piece of furniture to me; I do not understand these things.

  • At first, by the aid of the furniture, she was able to get to the balcony.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Then I shall have money to get all the furniture and the rugs and things we truly need.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter


British Dictionary definitions for furniture

furniture

noun
  1. the movable, generally functional, articles that equip a room, house, etc
  2. the equipment necessary for a ship, factory, etc
  3. printing lengths of wood, plastic, or metal, used in assembling formes to create the blank areas and to surround the type
  4. the wooden parts of a rifle
  5. obsolete the full armour, trappings, etc, for a man and horse
  6. the attitudes or characteristics that are typical of a person or thingthe furniture of the murderer's mind
  7. part of the furniture informal someone or something that is so long established in an environment as to be accepted as an integral part of ithe has been here so long that he is part of the furniture
  8. See door furniture, street furniture

Word Origin

C16: from French fourniture, from fournir to equip, furnish
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Word Origin and History for furniture

n.

1520s, "act of furnishing," from Middle French fourniture, from fournir "furnish" (see furnish). Sense of "chairs, tables, etc.; household stuff" (1570s) is unique to English; most other European languages derive their words for this from Latin mobile "movable."

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