from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Properly, a small cabinet with drawers; in general, any ornamental piece of furniture used for containing ornaments and curiosities. It differs from an étagère in being closed, having drawers or doors instead of open shelves.
  • noun A case of drawers resembling a bureau, but higher in proportion to its width and less often provided with a mirror.
  • noun A rag-picker: in this sense used by English writers merely as a French word, with a feminine chiffonnière.

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  • noun Alternative form of chiffonier.


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  • At the same moment down came three or four bottles from the chiffonnier and shot a web of pungency into the air of the room.

    The Invisible Man Herbert George 2006

  • He found himself in an apartment which was simply and neatly, though not poorly furnished; everything, from the miniature chiffonnier to the shining little daguerreotype which formed the central ornament of the mantelpiece, being in scrupulous order.

    Wessex Tales 2006

  • You will find rubbers in the front hall by that thing which has the umbrellas in it, chiffonnier, I think they call it, or pergola, or something like that.

    Mark Twain: A Biography 2003

  • -- An old chiffonnier (or rag picker) died in Paris in a state apparently of the most abject poverty.

    The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes Historical, Literary, and Humorous—A New Selection Various

  • -- Owing to what circumstances this blue note-book, doomed to the flames, was discovered by me in an old Louis XVI chiffonnier I had just bought does not greatly matter to you, dear reader, and would be out of my power to explain even if it did.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete Various

  • It is said that as this gay chiffonnier went one morning by the fish-markets uttering this jocose cry, a squad of those formidable

    Lippincott's Magazine, Volume 11, No. 26, May, 1873 Various

  • The chiffonnier smiled a dark smile, and turned away.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete Various

  • The half loaf of bread and the pat of butter which always tasted of the chiffonnier-cupboard, but had to be kept there because when a piece went out to the larder, none ever returned, filled him with loathing this morning.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh

  • The small horsehair sofa where he sometimes tried to find a resting-place and failed; the tiny chiffonnier, unenlightened by

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh

  • Sea-shells are quiet things when they are vacant, and Mrs. Beale let us have the four big ones off her chiffonnier.

    New Treasure Seekers Edith 1925


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