[ahrm-wahr, ahrm-wahr]
a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.

1565–75; < Middle French; Old French blend of armaire and aumoire ambry

amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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armoire (ɑːmˈwɑː)
a large cabinet, originally used for storing weapons
[C16: from French, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium chest, closet; see ambry]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from Fr. armoire, from armarie (12c.), from L. armarium "closet, chest, place for implements or tools," from arma "gear, tools, arms." Before being reborrowed from French, the word earlier was in English as ambry (late 14c.).
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large two-door cupboard, usually movable and containing shelves, hanging space, and sometimes drawers. It was originally used for storing arms. The armoires designed by Andre-Charles Boulle, the cabinetmaker to Louis XIV in the late 17th century, are among the most sumptuous and imposing pieces of Western furniture.

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Example sentences
The room is the size of an armoire and sparsely furnished.
We punch several holes into the thin backing of the armoire for air.
All rooms offer standard amenities along with cable television, an armoire and
  a private marble bath with a shower.
Each hotel room comes with armoire, antique tables, porcelain and bronze lamps
  and marble baths.
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