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[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher]
noun, plural é·ta·gères [ey-tah-zhairz; ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛərz; ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/.
  1. a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.
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Also e·ta·gere [ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-/.

Origin of étagère

Borrowed into English from French around 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for etagere

Historical Examples

  • Not a single chair, table, sofa, etagere or console had been left in the state rooms of the Intendencia.

    Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

    Joseph Conrad

  • The lustres of the chandelier are bright, and clusters of rubies leap in the bohemian glasses on the 'etagere'.

British Dictionary definitions for etagere


  1. a stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from étage shelf; see stage
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Word Origin and History for etagere


1858, from French étagère (15c.), from étage "shelf, story, abode, stage, floor" (11c., Old French estage), from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin statio "station, post, residence" (see station (n.)).

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