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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Personal property, despite its name, is primarily business equipment such as computers, office furniture and machinery, along with boats and aircraft. Kathleen Pender,, "Apple, Tesla, Salesforce add huge sums to soaring Bay Area property rolls," 11 July 2018 This year, people can find everything from electronics to knives, and including sporting goods, tools, automotive equipment, furniture and jewelry. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "State of Michigan's semi-annual surplus sale set for Saturday," 9 July 2018 Her father, Leslie, worked in a family furniture and decorating business that also provided funeral services. Richard Sandomir,, "Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’," 8 July 2018 Bedbugs hide in mattresses, bed frames, baseboards, outlets, furniture and carpets. Julia Terruso,, "What to know about bedbug prevention, treatment," 5 July 2018 AmazonBasics items for home, kitchen and more are available at 20 percent off, while Stone & Beam furniture and decor can be had at a 25 percent discount. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon is already offering Prime Day deals before July 16," 5 July 2018 The interior is just as raw, with concrete comprising much of the built-in furniture and storage. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Cool concrete summer home sits among a sea of trees," 3 July 2018 With a claimed depth detection as far as 3 meters, this system could also enable new augmented reality applications or the scanning of furniture and other objects. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Vivo’s new face ID tech has 10 times as many sensor points as the iPhone X," 27 June 2018 Hansen said a local fundraising effort for Murgia has generated about $10,000 in cash, furniture and clothing. CBS News, "Cop helping people flee California wildfire loses home in blaze," 25 June 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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