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[ahrm-wahr, ahrm-wahr] /ɑrmˈwɑr, ˈɑrm wɑr/
a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.
Origin of armoire
1565-75; < Middle French; Old French blend of armaire and aumoire ambry
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


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

1570s, from French armoire, from Old French armarie (12c.) "cupboard, bookcase, reliquary," from Latin armarium "closet, chest, place for implements or tools," from arma "gear, tools, arms" (see arm (n.2)). Before being reborrowed from French, the word earlier was in English as ambry (late 14c.).

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