chair rail

noun

plural chair rails
: a molding on a wall around a room to protect the wall from being damaged by the backs of chairs
… had removed the chair rail, thereby eliminating the dado effect …Elizabeth Lambert

Examples of chair rail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The walls in this room have a shadow boxing detail below a chair rail and windows that face south and west. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2024 Shadow boxing below a chair rail complements the crown molding and decorative chandelier, while a large window overlooks the front yard. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 14 Apr. 2024 Picture molding and chair rails add visual interest, while exposed ceiling beams bestow drama and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room contributes warmth. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2024 An eat-in kitchen has lots of room for a casual dining nook and built-in shelving and is updated with wood-grain laminate flooring and chair rail molding. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Use an existing feature in the room—such as a door frame, chair rail, or fireplace mantel—as a guide. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 The home has 5 ½ bathrooms, three fireplaces, crown moldings, chair rail, wainscoting in the dining room and office, a kitchen with an island, and coffered ceilings in several rooms. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 14 June 2023 Surette Media Group From here, the original house beckons, aided by a 23-foot-long hallway with a chair rail and tall baseboards that stitches together two bedrooms, the laundry room, a full bath, a library, and a primary suite into a collective whole. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chair rail was in 1814

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“Chair rail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chair%20rail. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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