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or tab·ou·ret

[tab-er-it, tab-uh-ret, -rey]
  1. a low seat without back or arms, for one person; stool.
  2. a frame for embroidery.
  3. a small, usually portable stand, cabinet, or chest of drawers, as for holding work supplies.
  4. a small tabor.
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Origin of taboret

First recorded in 1650–60, taboret is from the French word tabouret literally, small drum. See tabor, -et
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Examples from the Web for tabouret

Historical Examples

  • The tabouret was made for a seat, but it answered an admirable purpose for a foot-stool.

    Rollo in Paris

    Jacob Abbott

  • Suddenly his eyes fell on a tabouret that stood near his bed.

  • The man with the beard shot an admiring glance across the tabouret.

  • Every daughter of the house must sooner or later take a tabouret at Court.

    The Duchesse de Langeais

    Honore de Balzac

  • The monarch pointed to a tabouret, but the peasant did not heed the invitation.

British Dictionary definitions for tabouret



  1. a low stool, originally in the shape of a drum
  2. a frame, usually round, for stretching out cloth while it is being embroidered
  3. Also called: taborin, tabourin (ˈtæbərɪn) a small tabor
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Word Origin

C17: from French tabouret, diminutive of tabor
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