[ ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher ]
/ ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr /

noun, plural é·ta·gères [ey-tah-zhairz; ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛərz; ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/.

a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for etagere


/ French (etaʒɛr) /


a stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments, etc

Word Origin for étagère

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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