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noun (1)

dress·​er ˈdre-sər How to pronounce dresser (audio)
obsolete : a table or sideboard for preparing and serving food
: a cupboard to hold dishes and cooking utensils
: a chest of drawers or bureau with a mirror


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noun (2)

: one that dresses
a fashionable dresser

Examples of dresser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Stay away from chandeliers, ceiling fans, fireplaces, bookcases and dressers — steer clear of any heavy objects that could fall onto you. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 These metallic touches can be added everywhere, from the hardware on your cabinets and dressers to dramatic metal lamps to complete your maximalist dream home. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2024 Over 400 people have picked up the dresser in the past month, with 2,100 reviewers giving it a five-star rating. Monica Bell, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Huber suggests storing them Inside a medicine cabinet or on a bedroom dresser—anyplace where the doesn’t hit them. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 5 Mar. 2024 Garvey then threw Cherish into a dresser, picked her up and shook her, then threw her onto the floor, officials said. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 27 Feb. 2024 The Emporio Armani collection for youthful dressers projected a sense of fun-loving frivolity, easy-to-wear day-to-day looks for women of all ages. Colleen Barry, Quartz, 22 Feb. 2024 In recent seasons, sheer fabrics and pants-free styling has garnered major attention, with influential dressers, like Florence Pugh, Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner, championing skin-baring fashion. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2024 There’s a bed and some dressers piled high with old clothes. Jonah Gercke, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1520, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dresser was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dresser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dresser. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
dress·​er ˈdres-ər How to pronounce dresser (audio)
: a piece of furniture (as a chest or bureau) with a mirror


2 of 2 noun
: one that dresses
a fashionable dresser

Medical Definition


dress·​er ˈdres-ər How to pronounce dresser (audio)
: a person who serves as a doctor's assistant especially in the dressing of lesions

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