from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an English style of furniture of the late 18th century, characterized by its light, graceful lines, the use of concave curves, and the shield or heart backs of its chairs.
- Hepplewhite, George Died 1786. British cabinetmaker whose elegant designs, now greatly admired, were considered unfashionable in his day.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A style of furniture based on the designs of A. Hepplewhite, in England, in the later part of the eighteenth century. The Hepplewhite style is a delicate well-made adaptation of the current French motives of the period.
After George Hepplewhite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)