garniture

noun gar·ni·ture \ ˈgär-ni-chər , -nə-ˌchu̇r \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of garniture

2 : a set of decorative objects (such as vases, urns, or clocks)

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Examples of garniture in a Sentence

  1. she prefers a spare style of interior decoration and doesn't go in for a lot of garnitures

Did You Know?

In Middle French garniture meant "equipment." Garniture is an alteration of the Old French noun garnesture, which is derived from the verb garnir, which meant "to warn, equip, or garnish." In fact, an Anglo-French stem of garner, garniss-, is the source of the English verb garnish, which in its senses of "decorate" and "embellish" shares a similar relationship to garniture that the verb "furnish" shares with "furniture." Furnish comes from the Anglo-French furniss-, a stem of the verb furnir or fournir, which also gave rise to the Middle French fourniture, the source of the English furniture.

Origin and Etymology of garniture

Middle English garnetture "border, trimming" (Early Modern English garniture "appurtenances"), borrowed from Anglo-French gerneiture, garniture "ornament, mount for a jewel" & Middle French garniture "accessory," going back to Old French garneture "accessory for a saddle," from garnir "to equip, trim, decorate" + -eture,-iture, going back to Latin -ītūra, from -īt-, participle ending of 4th conjugation verbs + -ūra -ure — more at 1garnish



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