fur·​ni·​ture | \ˈfər-ni-chər \

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

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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
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The surreal wrongheadedness of this company is built into the furniture. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Brilliant Black Comedy About Race, Labor, and Magic," 29 June 2018 Three years and several stints with the Swope Park Rangers and teams in Hungary later, Salloi had become part of the furniture of Peter Vermes’ squad, appearing in 22 games in the 2017 season. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "'Play the kids': Sporting KC's youngsters continue to shine in spotlight," 28 June 2018 In keeping with the natural theme, rustic furniture is handmade. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design," 26 Oct. 2018 The card room furniture, which includes a square card table and five chairs, is original to the house and may be included in the sale, Marc Fleishhacker said. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018 The furniture is brown, so too the walls and art—darkened by centuries of peat burning in grates—as well as the cuisine, in which hearty gravy is a staple, and the occupants' tweed outfits. Robert O'byrne, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Legendary Manor in Northern Ireland," 12 Oct. 2018 The family had no food in the home and the only furniture was a bed and four metal folding chairs arranged in a square. Todd Richmond, Fox News, "Police: Starved teen's brother wrote letter begging for help," 6 Sep. 2018 Santos is not allowed on the furniture, Brooks added. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "ADOT to use K-9 units to detect drugs, human trafficking on major Arizona highways," 7 July 2018 Also, save up to 25 percent on furniture and decor from Rivet and Stone & Beam and AmazonBasics. Doreen Christensen,, "Amazon has already kicked off hot Prime Day deals ahead of July 16 megasale," 5 July 2018

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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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The first known use of furniture was in 1542

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English Language Learners Definition of furniture

: chairs, tables, beds, etc., that are used to make a room ready for use


fur·​ni·​ture | \ˈfər-ni-chər \

Kids Definition of furniture

: movable articles used to furnish a room

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