[ ahrm-wahr, ahrm-wahr ]
/ ɑrmˈwɑr, ˈɑrm wɑr /


a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.

Origin of armoire

1565–75; < Middle French; Old French blend of armaire and aumoire ambry
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British Dictionary definitions for armoire


/ (ɑːmˈwɑː) /


a large cabinet, originally used for storing weapons

Word Origin for armoire

C16: from French, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium chest, closet; see ambry
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Word Origin and History for armoire



1570s, from French armoire, from Old French armarie (12c.) "cupboard, bookcase, reliquary," from Latin armarium "closet, chest, place for implements or tools," from arma "gear, tools, arms" (see arm (n.2)). Before being reborrowed from French, the word earlier was in English as ambry (late 14c.).

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