a large wardrobe or cabinet
Seeing the NFL plan for an uncertain future with rote certainty is like watching passengers on the Titanic carefully unpack their bags and place their clothes into cabin
In French, and
armaire is a place to store books. In English, an
armoire is like a
a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed
Cathay Pacific Airways, perhaps the airline outside mainland China most affected by the health crisis, says it is disinfecting all cabin surfaces after each flight, including baby
basin is actually French, and meant, well, a
basin: a shallow vessel for washing. A
bassinet is a cradle, originally with a similar shape; the diminutive
-et suffix makes it smaller and cuter, befitting a baby.
piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room
On the main level, there’s a living room with a tile fireplace and a dining room with a built-in
buffet is both the long side table that holds big serving trays of food for people to serve themselves from and the word for food presented in this manner. Its origin in French is unclear, but modern French slang for eating, especially a lot, is
an administrative unit of government
The difference between a
bureau and a dresser is their location: A
bureau is typically in an office or library and a dresser is usually in a bedroom or closet.
bureau is a chest of drawers. It' the French word for "desk," so when you see the word
bureaucracy, that's also French for "government by paperwork."
a storage compartment for clothes and valuables
Then students spring into action, raiding their home’s pantries and
cabinets for materials before turning their back porches and kitchens into makeshift science labs.
a long chair for reclining
There was a long white
chaise longue and two tall, curvy white armchairs.
This is a term that you will often see misspelled.
Longue means "long" in French, so literally it means "long chair." But because we
lounge on a
chaise longue, and those two words are so close,
chaise lounge is the nonsensical, yet common, error that you'll encounter in print.
an ornate branched lighting fixture
chandeliers gather dust in a revolving rooftop restaurant that doesn’t revolve.
a small table designed to stand against a wall
She’s also developing new objects, including a floor lamp and a mirror frame, to add to her white-plaster collection of lighting,
consoles and side tables for the British design company Porta Romana.
a flat-topped piece of furniture for storage
Troy’s ashes are in the
credenza in her father’s dining room, next to a picture of him beaming and hoisting a beer.
Though it's Italian rather than French, a
credenza is essentially the same as a buffet.
a long backless sofa, usually with pillows
He was perched with his Chihuahua, Queenie, on a French
divan upholstered in green velvet.
divan refers to both a private council or court and the couches upon which participants would sit.
a cushion for kneeling on
I sat down in Dad’s chair in the living room and put my feet up on the
hassock while the reporter and I talked.
In Old English, a
hassock was a dense clump of marsh grass. Whether this grass was used to stuff cushions for kneeling upon in church, or whether the cushions resembled those tufts of grass is unknown, but that's where the word comes from.
a low seat or a stool to rest the feet of a seated person
Under the light of a brass-stemmed floor lamp, a cognac leather armchair and white faux-fur
ottoman anchor the designated reading spot.
Ottoman Empire was a huge area of Europe and the Middle East under the rule of Turkish Sultans for 600 years beginning in 1299. Because low, backless, upholstered stools were fashionable furniture, the name became applied to any such footstool in French and then made its way into English.
a decorative wall bracket for holding candles or lights
sconces and floor lamps in strategic locations where you want to highlight wall decor.
a desk used for writing
Secretarium is Latin for "separate" or "private." That's where the word
secretary comes from, though with a likely detour through the French word
escritoire, meaning "writing desk."
a small sofa
My house is all goth: black flock wallpaper, black
settees, black gloss furniture, baroque-style ornaments.
Settee probably derives from the word
settle, as in
settle down to rest.
furniture having a smooth flat top supported by legs
The space looks like a cafe for loners: small round
tables, six feet apart, with a single chair at each one.
low table with a mirror where one sits while dressing
He swapped the dingy
vanity for a new one featuring white cabinetry, a granite top and a white sink with brushed chrome faucet.
a piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes
Lockdown is a great time to rediscover pieces already in your
If you've read the Narnia books, then you already know what a
wardrobe is. If not, it's a large cupboard for hanging clothes inside, common in bedrooms without closets.