chiffonier

or chif·fon·nier

[shif-uh-neer]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. chiengmai,
  2. chiffchaff,
  3. chifferobe,
  4. chiffon,
  5. chiffonade,
  6. chiffonnière,
  7. chifforobe,
  8. chifley,
  9. chigetai,
  10. chigga

Origin of chiffonier

From the French word chiffonnier, dating back to 1800–10. See chiffon, -ier2

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British Dictionary definitions for chiffonier

chiffonier

chiffonnier

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for chiffonier

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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