garniture

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noun gar·ni·ture \ˈgär-ni-chər, -nə-ˌchu̇r\

Definition of garniture

  1. 1 :  embellishment, trimming

  2. 2 :  a set of decorative objects (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

Medieval French, equipment, alteration of Old French garnesture, from garnir


First Known Use: 1558



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