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[shif-uh-neer] /ˌʃɪf əˈnɪər/

a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.
a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves

“piece of furniture with drawers for women’s needlework, cloth, etc.,” 1806, from French chiffonnier, a transferred use, literally “rag gatherer,” from chiffon, diminutive of chiffe “rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff” (see chiffon).


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