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[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
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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.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • 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.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
British Dictionary definitions for vitrine


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