- a glass cabinet or case, especially for displaying art objects.
Origin of vitrine
1875–80; < French, equivalent to vitre pane of glass + -ine -ine2
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- a glass display case or cabinet for works of art, curios, etc
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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