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 "accessory." It is an alteration of the Old French noun garneture, which is derived from the verb garnir, which meant "to equip, trim, or decorate." In fact, an Anglo-French stem of garnir, garniss-, is the source of the English verb garnish, which in its senses of "to decorate" and "to 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
Recent Examples on the Web Your clock garniture set is by Tiffany & Company of New York and dates to the last quarter of the 19th century. oregonlive, 2 Dec. 2021

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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 28 May. 2022.

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