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.


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French word of unknown origin



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