four-post·​er ˌfȯr-ˈpō-stər How to pronounce four-poster (audio)
: a bed with tall often carved corner posts originally designed to support curtains or a canopy

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Examples of four-poster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spacious suite oozes with high fashion grandeur with its rich emerald green velvet textures and towering bronze four-poster bed. Anna Haines, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 His work emulates 18th- and 19th-century styles, and pieces include blanket chests, bookcases, end tables, clocks and beds, including four-poster canopies. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 There are elegant touches throughout, including brocade wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, clawfoot tubs and antique four-poster beds. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 26 Jan. 2024 Bathed in white and cream colors both inside and out and with guest rooms that feature four-poster beds in weathered woods, The Lake House also boasts an impressive eye for design. Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024 The neutral fabric colors and room accessories contrast the deep wood stain of the mahogany four-poster bed. Katherine Owen, Southern Living, 6 Dec. 2023 Accommodations are opulent and distinctively designed, and some have bonus features like private porches or sun decks, sumptuous sleigh or four-poster beds, en suite fireplaces, and separate entrances. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 1 Dec. 2023 Sanctuary-like suites are outfitted with exquisite textiles, fireplaces, and four-poster beds. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 The non-famous buyer made very few alterations to the home and even retained some of Hawn and Russell’s furniture, including their campy four-poster bed in the master suite. James McClain, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of four-poster was in 1837

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“Four-poster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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: a bed with tall posts at each corner

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