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armoire

[ahrm-wahr, ahrm-wahr] /ɑrmˈwɑr, ˈɑrm wɑr/
noun
1.
a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French; Old French blend of armaire and aumoire ambry
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor.
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Examples for armoire
  • 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.
  • Suites have a sofa, armoire, wet bar and flat-screen television.
  • It's more practical and much easier to work out a furniture plan on paper before attempting to lift the heavy sofa or armoire.
  • He unfolded my shirts, shook them crisply in the air, and then hung them in an armoire.
  • Each unit is furnished with a single bed, a lockable armoire and a chair.
  • More prosperous farmers or cattlemen might also have an armoire and/or dresser.
British Dictionary definitions for armoire

armoire

/ɑːmˈwɑː/
noun
1.
a large cabinet, originally used for storing weapons
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium chest, closet; see ambry
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Word Origin and History for armoire
armoire
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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Encyclopedia Article for armoire

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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