: equipment that is necessary, useful, or desirable: as
a archaic : the trappings of a horse
b : movable articles used in readying an area (as a room or patio) for occupancy or use
Examples of FURNITURE
- They bought some new furniture for the house.
- The office furniture is wearing out.
- a large piece of furniture
Origin of FURNITURE
Middle French fourniture,
First Known Use: 1542
furniture noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Household equipment designed for a variety of purposes. It may be made of wood, metal, plastics, marble, glass, fabrics, and related materials. It ranges from the simple pine chest or country chair to the elaborate marquetry-work cabinet or gilded console table. It is usually movable, though it can be built-in, as are kitchen cabinets and bookcases. It can either reveal or hide how it was constructed, and it can be highly stylized. The design and building of furniture is related to both architecture and interior design. Throughout history the functional and decorative aspects of furniture have been influenced by economics and fashion. See bentwood furniture; Early American furniture; Shaker furniture. See also particular categories of furniture: e.g., bed; chair; table.
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