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cheval glass

[shuh-val] /ʃəˈvæl/
a full-length mirror mounted so that it can be tilted in a frame.
Origin of cheval glass
1830-40; < French cheval horse, supporting framework (see chevalet) Unabridged
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  • Gustavus, a slight, handsome man of a good height, was standing before a cheval-glass when Bjelke came in.

  • He was thinking of what the cheval-glass in that little room must have seen.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • It was not until six weeks later that, standing before the cheval-glass, she noticed how very well she looked in black.

  • She lighted the candles beside the cheval-glass, and looked at herself in the mirror and laughed.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Elfride was there; she was pausing between the two windows, looking at her figure in the cheval-glass.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Posed in a blaze of lights, the Princess Sofia contemplated captiously the charming image reflected in her cheval-glass.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • She glanced satisfiedly at her own magnificent reflection in the cheval-glass opposite.

    Daisy Brooks Laura Jean Libbey
  • Up jumped mademoiselle for the second time, and tripped across the room to a cheval-glass.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • I have lit the candles, and am looking at myself in the cheval-glass.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • While she bent to the engagement of the hooks Charity feasted on her reflection in the cheval-glass.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for cheval-glass

cheval glass

a full-length mirror mounted so as to swivel within a frame
Word Origin
C19: from French cheval support (literally: horse)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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