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[fur-ni-cher] /ˈfɜr nɪ tʃər/
the movable articles, as tables, chairs, desks or cabinets, required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
fittings, apparatus, or necessary accessories for something.
equipment for streets and other public areas, as lighting standards, signs, benches, or litter bins.
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 forms
furnitureless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for furniture
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  • 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


the movable, generally functional, articles that equip a room, house, etc
the equipment necessary for a ship, factory, etc
(printing) lengths of wood, plastic, or metal, used in assembling formes to create the blank areas and to surround the type
the wooden parts of a rifle
(obsolete) the full armour, trappings, etc, for a man and horse
the attitudes or characteristics that are typical of a person or thing: the furniture of the murderer's mind
(informal) part of the furniture, someone or something that is so long established in an environment as to be accepted as an integral part of it: he has been here so long that he is part of the furniture
Word Origin
C16: from French fourniture, from fournir to equip, furnish
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Word Origin and History for furniture

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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