- a molding on an interior wall for preventing the backs of chairs from rubbing against plaster.
Origin of chair rail
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for chair rail
I saw the top of the head over the chair-rail, and knew it was Sandy Carmichael's.Nancy Stair
Elinor Macartney Lane
The dining-room should have a wainscot of dark paper below the chair-rail, and a paper with little or no figure upon it above.
A chair-rail should be made in the dining-room of quarter-inch strips fastened to the walls three inches above the floor.
He crawled on his hands and knees until he reached the chair-rail, which he clutched desperately, drawing himself up.Parrot & Co.
In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering.The Island of Doctor Moreau
H. G. Wells