[ih-purn, ey-pairn]


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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Historical Examples of epergne

  • Howell and James would send him the epergne they had designed for a czar.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • A vase of flowers or a basket of growing plants can replace the epergne.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

  • The epergne is supported by a base representing the genius of America.

    Village Life in America 1852-1872

    Caroline Cowles Richards

  • And just then his eye fell upon the epergne, a very old and beautiful piece of silver, that graced the dinner-table.

    Soul of a Bishop

    H. G. Wells

  • Then, on bending forward a little to glance behind an epergne, I found a face which it surprised and pleased me to see.

    The White People

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

British Dictionary definitions for epergne



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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