American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A glass-paneled cabinet or case for displaying articles such as china, objects d'art, or fine merchandise.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A show-case; a case or inclosure of glass for the display of delicate articles, whether in a museum, a private house, or a shop.
- n. A glass-paneled cabinet or case, especially for displaying articles such as china, objets d'art, or fine merchandise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A glass show case for displaying fine wares, specimens, etc.
- n. a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
- From French vitrine, from vitre ("pane of glass"), from Old French, from Latin vitrum ("glass"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from vitre, pane of glass, from Old French, glass, window with multiple lights, from Latin vitrum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A glass vitrine of bullets spells out the ranks of the Sudanese army.”
“Either way, it feels like a privilege to be able to pick up and leaf through such an extensive display rather than gaze mutely at it through the glass of a vitrine.”
“The pieces have a shadow box feel to them because each episode is contained in some kind of vitrine like container, including a large suspended sphere that is a whole world unto itself.”
“In one encapsulated vitrine, we see a woman with a suitcase leading two children through a forest.”
“Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building" through Jan. 28 at the Otis College of Art and Design, for instance, would probably be an amen-corner jumble were it not for the time, womanpower and scrutiny the gallery was able to give to wall upon wall, and vitrine upon vitrine, of primary source material from the mid-'70s salad days of the women's movement in the Los Angeles art world.”
“Standouts in sculpture include Veronica Frenning's vitrine filled with clay fragments that resemble tools, shards, fossils and machine parts from a lost civilization; Alan Ruiz's black, skeletal "Necker Screen" 2011; and Romy Scheroder's surreal, anthropomorphic distortions of vintage wood chairs.”
“Displayed in an upright vitrine showing both sides, a page from the "Trés Belles Heures de Notre Dame de Jean de Berry" portrays gory, gold-haloed "Martyred Saints" on one side and "Confessor Saints" on the reverse, attributed to the Master of Saint John the Baptist, with elaborate capitals and smaller scenes on each side attributed to another artist, a follower of Jan Van Eyck.”
“It has to be kept in a metal versus wooden vitrine with glass that is thicker than 11 millimeters.”
“A half-scale final study of the finished standing figure is displayed not far away, and a vigorously articulated bronze head of Balzac, made about 1892-93, occupies a vitrine opposite Cot's icky couple.”
“Edmund de Waal and his wife live with their three young children -- and the vitrine of netsuke.”
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