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  1. a person who dresses.
  2. a person employed to dress actors, care for costumes, etc., at a theater, television studio, or the like.
  3. Chiefly British. a surgeon's assistant.
  4. a person who dresses in a particular manner, as specified: a fancy dresser; a careful and distinctive dresser.
  5. any of several tools or devices used in dressing materials.
  6. Metalworking.
    1. a block, fitting into an anvil, on which pieces are forged.
    2. a mallet for shaping sheet metal.
  7. a tool for truing the surfaces of grinding wheels.
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Origin of dresser1

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


  1. dressing table
  2. a sideboard or set of shelves for dishes and cooking utensils.
  3. Obsolete. a table or sideboard on which food is dressed for serving.
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Origin of dresser2

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

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


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


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.

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