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

  • adj. Of or relating to an 18th-century English style of furniture characterized by flowing lines and often rococo ornamentation.
  • Chippendale, Thomas 1718-1779. British cabinetmaker noted for his graceful neoclassical furniture, particularly chairs, which had wide influence on his contemporary artisans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Designating furniture designed, or like that designed, by Thomas Chippendale, an English cabinetmaker of the 18th century. Chippendale furniture was generally of simple but graceful outline with delicately carved rococo ornamentation, sculptured either in the solid wood or, in the cheaper specimens, separately and glued on. In the more elaborate pieces three types are recognized: French Chippendale, having much detail, like Louis Quatorze and Louis Quinze; Chinese Chippendale, marked by latticework and pagodalike pediments; and Gothic Chippendale, attempting to adapt medieval details. The forms, as of the cabriole and chairbacks, often resemble Queen Anne. In chairs, the seat is widened at the front, and the back toward the top widened and bent backward, except in Chinese Chippendale, in which the backs are usually rectangular.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of an English designer and maker of furniture, Thomas Chippendale, who published a book of designs in 1752, and whose name became attached to a style of furniture prevalent from the middle to the end of the eighteenth century.

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

  • n. a British cabinetmaker remembered for his graceful designs (especially of chairs) which influenced his contemporaries (1718-1779)
  • adj. of or relating to an 18th-century style of furniture made by Thomas Chippendale; graceful outlines and Greek motifs and massive rococo carvings

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After Thomas Chippendale.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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