Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, often ornate cabinet or wardrobe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of cupboard, cabinet, or wardrobe - originally used for storing weapons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ambry; a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves; especially, one which is inclosed or shut in with doors from base to cornice, and is simple and roomy in design.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons

Etymologies

French armoire, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium, chest, from arma, tools.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French armoire. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Opening up the built-in armoire, to place our belongings, I found a few strands of hair in the drawers and make-up stains along the cupboard door: traces of another woman's life.

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  • Both serve many purposes: the chair seats one person and then two and gets moved and tossed about here and there while the armoire is a writing desk, a closet, a hiding place and more.

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  • In the top of her armoire was a vintage leather suitcase that contained the artifacts of her youth.

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  • In the armoire was a pair of more ornate Moroccan foot coverings, which she thought might go well with the dressing gown Gilbert had been found in.

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  • My armoire was a hand-me-down from a friend, and beside it stood my most shameful design items: two rolling plastic drawer towers.

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  • Six, if you count the armoire, which is roomy enough to hide two or three.

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  • Just because a bag is big enough to function like a portable "armoire," Ms. Furlanetto says, doesn't mean it should.

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  • He adopted (how should he have done otherwise?) the language, errors, and opinions of the Parisian tradesman who admires Molière, Voltaire, and Rousseau on hearsay, and buys their works, but never opens them; who will have it that the proper way to pronounce "armoire" is

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  • "the wardrobe", and is composed of "armoire" preceded by "la", which drops the "a" before another vowel: the apostrophe is there to acknowledge this.

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  • Before computers became small, cheap, and reliable enough for this purpose, people still had the desire to stand in front of armoire-sized cabinets, stare into a glass panel, and pretend to do things they normally didn't do, like kill aliens, drive like a madman, or work in a junkyard.

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