ar·​moire ärm-ˈwär How to pronounce armoire (audio)
 Southern also  ˈär-mər
: a usually tall cupboard or wardrobe

Examples of armoire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once built, these wardrobes aren't mobile like an armoire. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Nov. 2023 One hundred years later, Gothic armoires and library chairs were stuffed in attics and basements, there for the taking, and Anderson could smell it. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2023 They were tucked away with, among other things, roughly a dozen oil paintings of ancestors; an armoire, wall sconces and Persian rugs; and samurai armor from Japan, gifts that Mr. von Hassell received during his service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 And legend has it that, in room 309, a cheating gambler hiding in an armoire was shot to death and regularly returns as a ghost. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2023 Emily Adams Bode Aujla contributed pieces from her vast vintage archive—which hang from a clothesline and are visible through one of the living room windows—as well as clothes from her latest collection, which are inside an armoire. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 Utilize the nearby furniture units, such as these IKEA armoires, to store office supplies. 8. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2023 Look for nesting furniture that can be stacked or separated, tables with extendable leaves or fold-down mechanisms, and armoires that can open up to reveal a workspace suggests Scheer. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 For example, June Series by Adam Rogers features a credenza, armoire, and a series of nightstands that tout woodwork. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of armoire was in 1571

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“Armoire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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