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or chiffonnier

[shif-uh-neer] /ˌʃɪf əˈnɪər/
a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.
Origin of chiffonier
1800-10; < French chiffonnier. See chiffon, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • Now the reader of Carlyle is a chiffonier, raking in a heap of street dust for whatever precious matters may turn up.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
  • It contained a small bed, a chiffonier and dresser, a table, some chairs and a trunk.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Seeing that her candle was flickering out, she substituted for it a pink one taken from a chiffonier.

  • Jerry picked up the letter from the chiffonier and handed it to Ronny.

  • A bit of yellow paper on the chiffonier brought Wallie to his full sense as his eyes fell upon it.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • This done he studied himself in the glass of the chiffonier and was deeply pleased.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • At the hotel in Yokohama, when leaving for a three days' absence, I applied at the office for keys to the chiffonier and wardrobe.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • She was bending over the drawer of the chiffonier while she robbed it of its contents.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • You will find the orderly-book, she said, in the chiffonier in the drawing-room; here is the key.

  • He kicked over a chiffonier, which tumbled on the carpet, broken into pieces.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for chiffonier


a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves
Word Origin
C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon
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Word Origin and History for chiffonier

"piece of furniture with drawers for women's needlework, cloth, etc.," 1806, from French chiffonnier, a transferred use, literally "rag gatherer," from chiffon, diminutive of chiffe "rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff" (see chiffon).

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