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chair rail

noun
1.
a molding on an interior wall for preventing the backs of chairs from rubbing against plaster.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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noun

a piece of molding attached to a wall, usu. separating the dado or wainscot from the upper wall, which is used to prevent chair backs from damaging the wall

Examples

Installing a chair rail will create a dramatic addition to any room.

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