chiffonnier

chiffonier

[shif-uh-neer]
noun
1.
a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
2.
a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
3.
a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.
Also, chiffonnier.


Origin:
1800–10; < French chiffonnier. See chiffon, -ier2

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chiffonier or chiffonnier (ˌʃɪfəˈnɪə)
 
n
1.  a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
2.  a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves
 
[C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon]
 
chiffonnier or chiffonnier
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon]

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chiffonier
"piece of furniture with drawers for women to put needlework, cloth, etc.," 1806, from Fr. chiffonnier, a transf. use, lit. "rag gatherer," from chiffon, dim. of chiffe "rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff" (17c.), of uncertain origin.
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