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chiffonier

or chif·fon·nier

[shif-uh-neer]
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 chiffonnier

Historical Examples

  • And as they passed her room he saw still another on the chiffonnier.

    The Fifth String  

    John Philip Sousa

  • This chiffonnier, he says carries in him the stuff of a Diogenes.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • There was no other in it, so she went to the chiffonnier and opened the drawer.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • "That chiffonnier's basket isn't hitched high enough," she remarked.

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier

  • Le pre Martin didn't—but, of course, he was only a chiffonnier, and doesn't count.

    Trilby

    George Du Maurier


British Dictionary definitions for chiffonnier

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 chiffonnier

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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