or chif·fon·nier



a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.

Origin of chiffonier

From the French word chiffonnier, dating back to 1800–10. See chiffon, -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chiffonier

commode, chest, cupboard, bureau, dresser

Examples from the Web for chiffonier

Historical Examples of chiffonier

  • 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




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

Word Origin for chiffonier

C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chiffonier

"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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