cheval glass


che·​val glass shə-ˈval- How to pronounce cheval glass (audio)
: a full-length mirror in a frame in which it may be tilted

Word History


French cheval "horse," apparently in derived sense "support," going back to Old French, going back to Latin caballus "work horse, gelding" — more at cavalcade

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheval glass was in 1828

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“Cheval glass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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