dresser

1
[ dres-er ]
/ ˈdrɛs ər /

noun

Origin of dresser

1
1400–50; late Middle English: guide. See dress, -er1

Definition for dresser (2 of 2)

dresser

2
[ dres-er ]
/ ˈdrɛs ər /

noun

a dressing table or bureau.
a sideboard or set of shelves for dishes and cooking utensils.
Obsolete. a table or sideboard on which food is dressed for serving.

Origin of dresser

2
1375–1425; Middle English dresso(u)r sideboard < Anglo-French; Middle French dresseur, Old French dreceor(e), equivalent to dreci(er) to dress + -ore -ory2 (French dressoir)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dresser

British Dictionary definitions for dresser (1 of 2)

dresser

1
/ (ˈdrɛsə) /

noun

a set of shelves, usually also with cupboards or drawers, for storing or displaying dishes, etc
US a chest of drawers for storing clothing in a bedroom or dressing room, often having a mirror on the top

Word Origin for dresser

C14 dressour, from Old French dreceore, from drecier to arrange; see dress

British Dictionary definitions for dresser (2 of 2)

dresser

2
/ (ˈdrɛsə) /

noun

a person who dresses in a specified waya fashionable dresser
theatre a person employed to assist actors in putting on and taking off their costumes
a tool used for dressing stone or other materials
British a person who assists a surgeon during operations
British See window-dresser
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 dresser

dresser


n.

c.1300, "person who prepares or furnishes," agent noun from dress (v.). Meaning "table, sideboard," is late 14c., from Old French dresseur, dreçoir "table to prepare food," from dresser "prepare, dress." Meaning "chest, dressing bureau" is from 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper