[ ih-purn, ey-pairn ]
/ ɪˈpɜrn, eɪˈpɛərn /


an ornamental piece for the center of a table, for holding fruit, flowers, etc.

Origin of epergne

1755–65; perhaps < French épargne treasury, saving, noun derivative of épargner to save < Germanic; compare German sparen to save, spare
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/ (ɪˈpɜːn) /


an ornamental centrepiece for a table: a stand with holders for sweetmeats, fruit, flowers, etc

Word Origin for epergne

C18: probably from French épargne a saving, from épargner to economize, of Germanic origin; compare spare
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