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dresser1

[dres-er] /ˈdrɛs ər/
noun
1.
a person who dresses.
2.
a person employed to dress actors, care for costumes, etc., at a theater, television studio, or the like.
3.
Chiefly British. a surgeon's assistant.
4.
a person who dresses in a particular manner, as specified:
a fancy dresser; a careful and distinctive dresser.
5.
any of several tools or devices used in dressing materials.
6.
Metalworking.
  1. a block, fitting into an anvil, on which pieces are forged.
  2. a mallet for shaping sheet metal.
7.
a tool for truing the surfaces of grinding wheels.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English: guide. See dress, -er1

dresser2

[dres-er] /ˈdrɛs ər/
noun
1.
a dressing table or bureau.
2.
a sideboard or set of shelves for dishes and cooking utensils.
3.
Obsolete. a table or sideboard on which food is dressed for serving.
Origin
1375-1425; Middle English dresso(u)r sideboard < Anglo-French; Middle French dresseur, Old French dreceor(e), equivalent to dreci(er) to dress + -ore -ory2 (French dressoir)
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Examples from the web for dresser
  • Leave the clothes you will not need inside your dresser drawers to cut down on needing more boxes.
  • Even an old dresser drawer covered with burlap or plastic would work.
  • Let the scarlet tanager take the prize as the forest's flashiest dresser.
  • She will even open my dresser drawer if it is left open an inch to dig around.
  • Clothing hanging in a dresser, never to see its owners again.
  • There's a note on the dresser, scrawled on hotel stationery with a dried-up hotel ball-point.
  • If you are a severe sleek dresser and minimalist in style, do not use flirty giggly flourishes.
  • She was a fashionable dresser, a great dancer, a graceful walker and a dedicated fan of high heels.
  • Place your tip in an envelope and leave it on the dresser.
  • And she saved everything, including an old battery and dog poo, on top of a dresser in her closet.
British Dictionary definitions for dresser

dresser1

/ˈdrɛsə/
noun
1.
a set of shelves, usually also with cupboards or drawers, for storing or displaying dishes, etc
2.
(US) a chest of drawers for storing clothing in a bedroom or dressing room, often having a mirror on the top
Word Origin
C14 dressour, from Old French dreceore, from drecier to arrange; see dress

dresser2

/ˈdrɛsə/
noun
1.
a person who dresses in a specified way: a fashionable dresser
2.
(theatre) a person employed to assist actors in putting on and taking off their costumes
3.
a tool used for dressing stone or other materials
4.
(Brit) a person who assists a surgeon during operations
5.
(Brit) See window-dresser
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Word Origin and History for dresser
n.

c.1300, "person who prepares or furnishes," agent noun from dress (v.). Meaning "table, sideboard," is late 14c., from Old French dresseur, dreçoir "table to prepare food," from dresser "prepare, dress." Meaning "chest, dressing bureau" is from 1895.

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Encyclopedia Article for dresser

a cupboard used for the display of fine tableware, such as silver, pewter, or earthenware. Dressers were widely used in England beginning in Tudor times, when they were no more than a side table occasionally fitted with a row of drawers. The front stood on three or five turned (shaped on a lathe) legs linked by stretchers. Horizontal planes such as the dresser's top and drawer fronts were decorated with matching molding. A low backboard, often with narrow shelves or drawers, was introduced about 1690, and, soon afterward, a decorative shelf beneath the main drawers was added. Shelves without backs were added later to display English delftware. Dressers of this type became a common feature of the middle-class kitchen up to the 19th century.

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