fur·​ni·​ture | \ ˈfər-ni-chər How to pronounce furniture (audio) \

Definition of furniture

: equipment that is necessary, useful, or desirable: such as
a archaic : the trappings of a horse
b : movable articles used in readying an area (such as a room or patio) for occupancy or use

Examples of furniture in a Sentence

They bought some new furniture for the house. The office furniture is wearing out. a large piece of furniture
Recent Examples on the Web Monty George, 25, and Dan Beckles, 24, skipped college to launch online furniture store Furniturebox straight out of high school in 2015. Iain Martin, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Art Rupe was born Arthur Newton Goldberg on Sept. 5, 1917, in Greensburg, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, and grew up in nearby McKeesport, where his father, David, was a salesman at a secondhand furniture store and his mother, Anna, was a music lover. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 More:Customers say Third Ward furniture store Cream City Restoration scammed them out of money and heirlooms. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 And why does the director have to parade Alana Haim around in a bikini when everyone else is fully clothed in a furniture store? Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 On one downtown street, the glass facade of a furniture store was shattered. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Rumsey and her husband own a furniture store called Wild West Designs, which has outlets in Jackson and Idaho Falls. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Houston fired his gun into the glass door of the business to enter the furniture store, according to court records. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 5 Mar. 2022 In Kyiv, the Stereo Plaza club packs in 5,000 fans, while at nights, a furniture store in town turns into Closer, a gathering for DJs and electronic music heads. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of furniture

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for furniture

Middle French fourniture, from fournir

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14 May 2022

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“Furniture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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fur·​ni·​ture | \ ˈfər-ni-chər How to pronounce furniture (audio) \

Kids Definition of furniture

: movable articles used to furnish a room

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