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étagère

[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/
noun, plural étagères
[ey-tah-zhairz, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛərz, ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.
Also, etagere
[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French
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British Dictionary definitions for étagère

étagère

/etaʒɛr/
noun
1.
a stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French, from étage shelf; see stage
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Word Origin and History for étagère

etagere

n.

1858, from French étagère (15c.), from étage "shelf, story, abode, stage, floor" (11c., Old French estage), from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin statio "station, post, residence" (see station (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for étagère

etagere

series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts. The passion for collecting and displaying ornamental objects that began in the 18th century and was widespread in the 19th stimulated the production in England and the United States of this whimsically named piece of furniture. The French version was called the etagere. Some examples contain drawers at the base; others have three sides of the upper shelf surmounted with an ornamental board

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