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chiffonier

or chif·fon·nier

[shif-uh-neer]
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noun
  1. a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
  2. a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
  3. a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.
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Origin of chiffonier

From the French word chiffonnier, dating back to 1800–10. See chiffon, -ier2
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Examples from the Web for chiffonier

Historical Examples

  • It contained a small bed, a chiffonier and dresser, a table, some chairs and a trunk.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • Jerry picked up the letter from the chiffonier and handed it to Ronny.

  • This done he studied himself in the glass of the chiffonier and was deeply pleased.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • She was bending over the drawer of the chiffonier while she robbed it of its contents.

  • He kicked over a chiffonier, which tumbled on the carpet, broken into pieces.

    Ten Years Later

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere


British Dictionary definitions for chiffonier

chiffonier

chiffonnier

noun
  1. a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
  2. a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon
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Word Origin and History for chiffonier

n.

"piece of furniture with drawers for women's needlework, cloth, etc.," 1806, from French chiffonnier, a transferred use, literally "rag gatherer," from chiffon, diminutive of chiffe "rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff" (see chiffon).

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