[ vi-treen ]
/ vɪˈtrin /


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

Nearby words

  1. vitrics,
  2. vitrifaction,
  3. vitrification,
  4. vitriform,
  5. vitrify,
  6. vitriol,
  7. vitriolic,
  8. vitriolize,
  9. vitro,
  10. vitro-

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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Word Origin and History for vitrine



1880, from French vitrine, from vitre "glass" (see vitreous).

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