[ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher]
noun, plural étagères [ey-tah-zhairz, ey-tuh-; French ey-ta-zher] .
a stand with a series of open shelves for small objects, bric-a-brac, etc.
Also, etagere [ey-tah-zhair, ey-tuh-] .

1850–55; < French Unabridged
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étagère (etaʒɛr)
a stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments, etc
[C19: from French, from étage shelf; see stage]

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Word Origin & History

1858, from Fr. étagère, from étage "shelf, story."
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series of open shelves supported by two or four upright posts. The passion for collecting and displaying ornamental objects that began in the 18th century and was widespread in the 19th stimulated the production in England and the United States of this whimsically named piece of furniture. The French version was called the etagere. Some examples contain drawers at the base; others have three sides of the upper shelf surmounted with an ornamental board

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