Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A case of drawers resembling a bureau, but higher in proportion to its width and less often provided with a mirror.
- n. A rag-picker: in this sense used by English writers merely as a French word, with a feminine chiffonnière.
- n. Alternative form of chiffonier.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The chiffonnier smiled a dark smile, and turned away.”
“-- 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 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 small horsehair sofa where he sometimes tried to find a resting-place and failed; the tiny chiffonnier, unenlightened by”
“It is said that as this gay chiffonnier went one morning by the fish-markets uttering this jocose cry, a squad of those formidable”
“-- An old chiffonnier (or rag picker) died in Paris in a state apparently of the most abject poverty.”
“Sea-shells are quiet things when they are vacant, and Mrs. Beale let us have the four big ones off her chiffonnier.”
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