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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Change is coming to Ikea: The Swedish furniture retailer is going through a rare and major restructuring that will prioritize online and delivery offerings as well as new city-center stores. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Ikea’s first city-center store in the U.S. to open in Manhattan," 3 Dec. 2018 Ticks will also have to cross further into the yard to reach the furniture. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ticks are appearing more frequently in backyards. Here's how to target ticks close to home.," 3 July 2018 In March 2017, hhgregg, a national appliance, electronics and furniture retailer, closed all of its stores, including the one in Tollgate Marketplace. David Anderson, The Aegis, "What's next for Bel Air's Tollgate Marketplace as Toys 'R' Us closing nears," 26 June 2018 Dust and vacuum the living room and rearrange the furniture. Melissa Rolland,, "Projects That Don't Break The Bank," 19 June 2018 View larger map Owners Nick Huff and Brandon Beed founded Hutch as a weekend-only vintage furniture retailer in 2013, more as a hobby. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "New to the Crossroads: furniture & home decor store; an artisan collective with cafe," 31 May 2018 School was a welcome respite, though every year or so the cycle would repeat: packing up all the furniture, moving somewhere new, trying to put down new roots. Elizabeth Koh And Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "She's starving to death — and public health agencies can't or won't stop it | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Home24, a German furniture retailer, is planning for an IPO of up to 200 million euros ($236 million). Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Friday, May 18," 18 May 2018 Coins gained around 182%, wine 147% and jewelry 125% over the same period, while antique furniture and Chinese ceramics lost value. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "The Best Investments of 2018? Art, Wine and Cars," 31 Dec. 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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