gar·​ni·​ture | \ ˈgär-ni-chər How to pronounce garniture (audio) , -nə-ˌchu̇r \

Definition of garniture

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

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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.

Examples of garniture in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of garniture

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 garnish entry 1

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“Garniture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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