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[fur-ni-shing] /ˈfɜr nɪ ʃɪŋ/
  1. furniture, carpeting, etc., for a house or room.
  2. articles or accessories of dress:
    men's furnishings.
that with which anything is furnished.
Origin of furnishing
1490-1500; furnish + -ing1 Unabridged
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  • Cabins roomy and comfortable, furnishings of exquisite taste, all the paraphernalia of the cultured and the rich were there.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • Some of its furnishings are so delicate that I hardly like to touch them.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • I took slate and pencil, made a calculation and found the sum for furnishings complete, would amount to seventeen dollars in all.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • The room, the furnishings, his silken robe, everything was strange.

  • He knew well these tapestries and furnishings, all the decorations of the former owner.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez
  • He had no eyes for the furnishings, the cheap comfort with which he was surrounded.

  • The other end was as evidently French, in the frugality and the neatness of its furnishings.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • They will have beliefs, for example, as to the furnishings and occupations in heaven.

    This Simian World Clarence Day
  • Mr. Howey, of the men's furnishings department, is an expert hockey player.

British Dictionary definitions for furnishings


plural noun
furniture and accessories, including carpets and curtains, with which a room, house, etc, is furnished
(US & Canadian) articles of dress and accessories
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Word Origin and History for furnishings

articles of furniture, c.1600, plural verbal noun from furnish (v.).

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