[ vi-treen ]
/ vɪˈtrin /


a glass cabinet or case, especially for displaying art objects.

Origin of vitrine

1875–80; < French, equivalent to vitre pane of glass + -ine -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vitrine

  • The Jeff Koons was a pink balloon phallus, the Damien Hirst was salami-sliced and in a vitrine.

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  • The plainest of civilian garb of the late sixties was in the vitrine, and near by was the bed in which he actually managed to die.

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  • Those four exceptional windows of the choir aisle sparkle with the jeweled intensity of the golden age of the vitrine art.

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British Dictionary definitions for vitrine


/ (ˈvɪtriːn) /


a glass display case or cabinet for works of art, curios, etc

Word Origin for vitrine

C19: from French, from vitre pane of glass, from Latin vitrum glass
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