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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Covid-19 Pandemic Morton, 33, initiated small talk in what would be their first conversation, but the delivery men soon arrived, interrupting their chat and prompting him to extend an offer to help Pawlicki set up her furniture. Rachel Desantis,, "Couple Who Lived in Same Building Strike Up a COVID Lockdown Romance: 'We Were Able to Find Love'," 26 Feb. 2021 Investing in a large, flatscreen television, and hi-spec surround-sound system is all very well, but what if the angles don’t work with your furniture? Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "TV wall mounts to maximise your viewing experience," 23 Feb. 2021 Soon, the water inside Robinson’s apartment was over 2 inches deep, soaking almost all her furniture, clothing and belongings. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Water outages, low pressure still plague parts of San Antonio," 18 Feb. 2021 Ikea is known for its affordable furniture and decor and that extends to its dinnerware. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 most popular dinnerware sets for everyday use," 16 Feb. 2021 Wendell Castle, who died in 2018, often evoked living things in his furniture, as in a 1962 wooden chest of drawers that seems to be under attack by the tendrils that serve as its legs and penetrate its frame. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "America Made by Hand," 15 Jan. 2021 Consider that a retailer determined that buying felt pads to keep your furniture from scratching the floor is a preeminent marker of credit-worthiness. Firmin Debrabander, The New Republic, "We’re Outsourcing Our Self-Awareness to Silicon Valley," 24 Dec. 2020 Their furniture, bought on the cheap, included a lipstick-red couch, mismatched tables, and folding chairs. Fortune, "After a blockbuster IPO, DoorDash’s challenge now is to deliver profits," 14 Dec. 2020 The house was still filled with all of our furniture, clothes, food, everything. Jessi Case, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: Why I’m going to look back fondly on 2020," 5 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Furniture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce furniture (audio) \

Kids Definition of furniture

: movable articles used to furnish a room

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