ar·​moire | \ ärm-ˈwär How to pronounce armoire (audio) , Southern also ˈär-mər \

Definition of armoire

: a usually tall cupboard or wardrobe

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Recent Examples on the Web When space is at a premium, finding clever storage solutions is key — like this genius jewelry armoire that can be wall-mounted or hung over the door. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "35 products to organize every corner of your home," 5 Jan. 2021 With so many people working from home, Elliott says, this Linear office armoire ($2,599 for the 42-by-20-by-45-inch piece in walnut with stainless steel hardware) has a fold-down desk to provide an additional workspace. Washington Post, "Shopping with the pros: Annie Elliott shares her favorite items from Room & Board," 5 Nov. 2020 Satchel hears commotion downstairs, as well as noise emanating from the armoire. Nick Schager,, "Fargo recap: The future is now!," 16 Nov. 2020 That could mean incorporating items such as a Turkish Oushak rug, a Danish teak record cabinet or an ornate antique European armoire. Washington Post, "Go big and go home: How to do maximalism right," 15 Oct. 2020 The first step to a cooler bed is to store the heavy down duvet or comforter in the armoire or blanket chest until fall. Marni Jameson,, "How to make a cool bed in hot weather," 7 Aug. 2020 Don’t be afraid to place antique lacquer armoire from China next to a Saarinen womb chair! Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "What Is Eclectic Style?," 5 Aug. 2020 Victorian-era lace and antique armoires are being scrapped for midcentury modern chairs, fiddle-leaf fig plants and sputnik chandeliers. New York Times, "The Dollhouses of Instagram," 13 Mar. 2020 With a round 10-seat table, two large Asian armoires and deep colors, this has become the exclamation point of the house. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Cigar room in this Quarton Lake beauty will make you wish you smoked," 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of armoire

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for armoire

borrowed from Middle French, alteration (by insertion of /w/ between the labial /m/ and the vowel) of Old French armaire, almaire, aumaire "cabinet with shelves for keeping books or precious objects," from earlier armairie, borrowed from Latin armārium "cabinet, cupboard, bookcase," from arma "implements of war, weapons, equipment" + -ārium -ary entry 1 — more at arm entry 3

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The first known use of armoire was in 1571

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15 Jan 2021

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“Armoire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of armoire

: a tall piece of furniture that usually has two doors and that is used to store things (such as clothes)

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