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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 of dresser1
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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  • The housekeeper had risen and stood leaning against the dresser, immediately on her guard.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Then she went back to the dresser for the candles to light it up with.

    Candle and Crib K. F. Purdon
  • On the dresser—which he had ascended by a chair—was Billy, the acrobatic goat, doing his Alpine daring act.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • Hannah took plates from the dresser and food from the cupboard while she answered him.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • He tossed the packages on the dresser, then he went and stood directly in front of his sister, looking at her.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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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