: an often ornate tiered centerpiece consisting typically of a frame of wrought metal (such as silver or gold) bearing dishes, vases, or candle holders or a combination of these

Examples of epergne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gorham jumped on the trend, and the Furbers acquired 260 new pieces, such as an assortment of gilded butter plates, far more serene than the patriotic epergne. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2019 Similarly, a fantastical and allegorical epergne, or ornamental server, made for the centennial exhibition, features a female figure embodying America — hair flowing, garland in hand — standing upon a globe, as exhortative as the national anthem. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2019

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Word History


probably from French épargne saving

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of epergne was in 1754

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“Epergne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epergne. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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