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[chip-uh n-deyl]
  1. Thomas,1718?–79, English cabinetmaker and furniture designer.
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  1. of or in the style of Thomas Chippendale.
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Historical Examples of chippendale

  • He gave at the knees and was obliged to cling to a Chippendale cabinet for support.

    The Prophet of Berkeley Square

    Robert Hichens

  • The one with the Chippendale stuff you used to covet so much.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • It's incredible; there's a Chippendale suite simply in splinters.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

  • Both styles, when made by Chippendale, were decorated only with carving.

    The Old Furniture Book

    N. Hudson Moore

  • The adjacent chair, in elm, still follows the Chippendale style.

British Dictionary definitions for chippendale


  1. Thomas. ?1718–79, English cabinet-maker and furniture designer
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  1. (of furniture) designed by, made by, or in the style of Thomas Chippendale, characterized by the use of Chinese and Gothic motifs, cabriole legs, and massive carving
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Word Origin and History for chippendale


"piece of furniture by, or in the style of, Chippendale," by 1871, from Thomas Chippendale (c.1718-1779), English cabinetmaker. The family name (13c.) is from Chippingdale, Lancashire (probably from Old English ceaping "a market, marketplace," related to cheap). Chippendales beefcake dance revue, began late 1970s in a Los Angeles nightclub, the name said to have been chosen for its suggestion of elegance and class.

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