Definitions

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

  • n. The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.
  • n. Archaic The necessary equipment for a saddle horse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Large movable item(s), usually in a room, which enhance(s) the room's characteristics, functionally or decoratively.
  • n. The harness, trappings etc. of a horse, hawk, or other animal.
  • n. Fittings, such as handles, of a door, coffin, or other wooden item.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That with which anything is furnished or supplied; supplies; outfit; equipment.
  • n. Articles used for convenience or decoration in a house or apartment, as tables, chairs, bedsteads, sofas, carpets, curtains, pictures, vases, etc.
  • n. The necessary appendages to anything, as to a machine, a carriage, a ship, etc.
  • n. The masts and rigging of a ship.
  • n. The mountings of a gun.
  • n. Builders' hardware such as locks, door and window trimmings.
  • n. Pieces of wood or metal of a lesser height than the type, placed around the pages or other matter in a form, and, with the quoins, serving to secure the form in its place in the chase.
  • n. A mixed or compound stop in an organ; -- sometimes called mixture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, that with which anything is furnished or supplied to fit it for operation or use; that which fits or equips for use or action; outfit; equipment: as, the furniture of a war-horse, or of a microscope; table furniture.
  • n. The act of furnishing.
  • n. Collectively and specifically— Those movables required for use or ornament in a dwelling, a place of business or of assembly, etc.
  • n. The necessary appendages in various employments or arts, as the brasswork of locks, door-knobs, and window-shutters, the masts and rigging of a ship, the mounting of a musket, etc.
  • n. In printing, the pieces of wood or metal placed between and around pages of type to keep them the requisite distance apart and to aid in securing them in the chase.
  • n. In organ-building, one of the varieties of mixture-stops.
  • n. In a harness, all of the metallic parts with the exception of the bits and rosettes.

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

  • n. furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy

Etymologies

Old French fourniture, from fournir, to furnish; see furnish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French fourniture ("a supply, or the act of furnishing"), from fournir ("to furnish"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Eames name, in furniture, is a registered trademark of Herman Miller.

    In Design, Chair and Chair Alike

  • Leather furniture is among the most stylish, cool and elegant of all furnishing that you can pit up in your interiors and the best part is that it goes well with both the modern look and even the laid back retro style.

    Lama Leather Chair

  • Make sure that the furniture is aligned in a proper fashion with a set pattern.

    Mantra Bed by Mauro Bertame

  • The lesson here is that long and low is always chic, and to avoid at all costs what I call 'furniture on steroids': American designs are generally so supersized and big and puffy.

    Silver-Screen Décor

  • Pie got a little doll house for Christmas, but once we got it out of the packaging we realized that all the furniture is affixed in place - the only movable parts are the actual family members and a car.

    Motherhood Ain't No Place for Control Freaks

  • I guess the furniture is a way of commercializing the idea.

    November 2006

  • The living room still faces the beautiful view of the farmlands, and the furniture is arranged just the same as it was years ago.

    Nothing Has Changed

  • Not until after the furniture is all paid for anyway.

    Chapter 14

  • In the rooms the furniture is arranged alongside the walls, the boxes have been removed and straw and papers have been swept away.

    The Girl from the Marsh Croft

  • All of one material or style creates what I call the furniture showroom effect.

    chron.com Chronicle

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    March 19, 2008

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    March 18, 2008

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    March 18, 2008

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    July 25, 2007

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    July 25, 2007

  • Does it help to remember "furnish"?

    July 25, 2007

  • This is one of those words that I always need to look up. It sounds like it should be spelled furnature. Still gets me after all these years. :P

    July 25, 2007