[ ber-zhair; French ber-zher ]
/ bərˈʒɛər; French bɛrˈʒɛr /

noun, plural ber·gères [ber-zhairz; French ber-zher] /bərˈʒɛərz; French bɛrˈʒɛr/.

a chair of the 18th century, having arms with closed spaces between them and the seat.

Origin of bergère

1755–65; < French: literally, shepherdess, feminine of berger shepherd Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bergere


/ (bɜːˈʒɛə) /


a type of French armchair made from about 1725 having a wide deep seat and upholstered sides and back. In later examples, woven cane is often used instead of upholstery
a sofa of a similar design

Word Origin for bergère

French, literally: shepherdess
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