from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A portable coffer or chest with a rounded lid covered in leather, garnished with nails, once used for the transport of clothes or other personal luggage. It was the original portmanteau.
- n. A dwarf-wall of plain masonry, carrying the roof of a cathedral or church and masked or hidden behind the balustrade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chest, often with an arched or convex top, and frequently covered with leather, richly carved, or otherwise ornamented.
- n. An ornamental cabinet, especially one having doors. See cabinet.
- n. In architecture: The convex crowning course of a wall or parapet.
- n. In great medieval buildings, a low wall supporting the roof behind the gutter and balustrade or parapet crowning the main walls.
- n. A dress for masquerading: a damino.
French word of unknown origin (Wiktionary)