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[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/
noun, plural étagères
[ey-tah-zhairz, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛərz, ˌeɪ tə-; French eɪ taˈʒɛr/ (Show IPA)
a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.
Also, etagere
[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-] /ˌeɪ tɑˈʒɛər, ˌeɪ tə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of étagère
1850-55; < French Unabridged
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  • The lustres of the chandelier are bright, and clusters of rubies leap in the bohemian glasses on the 'etagere'.

  • Not a single chair, table, sofa, etagere or console had been left in the state rooms of the Intendencia.

British Dictionary definitions for etagere


a stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French, from étage shelf; see stage
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Word Origin and History for etagere

1858, from French étagère (15c.), from étage "shelf, story, abode, stage, floor" (11c., Old French estage), from Vulgar Latin *staticum, from Latin statio "station, post, residence" (see station (n.)).

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