fur·​nish·​ing | \ ˈfər-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce furnishing (audio) \

Definition of furnishing

1 : an article or accessory of dress usually used in plural
2 : an object that tends to increase comfort or utility especially : an article of furniture for the interior of a building usually used in plural

Examples of furnishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The home furnishings company made $250 million from the sale of retail and other properties to Oak Street Real Estate Capital. Washington Post, "SmileDirectClub, Occidental rise; Cal-Maine, Xerox fall," 6 Jan. 2020 His will said his wife should keep their home near the Spanish Steps in Rome and its lavish furnishings. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Christie’s Auctioned a $40 Million Diamond. Was It Stolen?," 30 Oct. 2019 The owners of four brick-and-mortar stores, who choose their furnishings and accessories deliberately, are careful to accentuate their interiors, not overpower them. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "How the ‘ugliest home on the block’ became a minimalist refuge for Poketo’s Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung," 23 Oct. 2019 Wearstler is the first in the charity’s new Design Challenge Program, where once a month, designers decorate a home with their own items, sometimes with the help of a furnishings company. Barbara Thornburg, latimes.com, "A South L.A. apartment gets the celebrity treatment," 8 June 2018 Many of the furnishings and keepsakes were passed down to the owners from their families. Janet Eastman, oregonlive, "Cannon Beach house with a garden roof was born to be green," 22 Sep. 2019 While some of the furnishings look dated now, Crane’s investment pieces—think his classic Wassily chair and Eames lounge—prove that his smooth-talking design has staying power. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best decor to shop from your favorite TV shows," 13 Aug. 2019 Sell some of the lavish furnishings at the conference office on eBay, if needed. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference media day needed one more football coach," 24 July 2019 Many of the original furnishings remain in both the guest rooms and public areas, including the very popular Bear Pit bar. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of furnishing

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2020

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“Furnishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnishing. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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