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Examples of garniture in a Sentence
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
First Known Use: 1558See Words from the same year
Synonymsadornment, beautifier, caparison, doodad, embellisher, embellishment, frill, garnish, garnishment, decoration, ornament, ornamentation, setoff, trim
Related Wordsapparel, bells and whistles, blazonry, bric-a-brac, chichi, emblazonry, filigree, finery, foofaraw, frippery, frosting, froufrou; fal-lal, flounce, flourish, furbelow, ruffle; enhancement, enrichment, improvement; appliqué, embossment, embroidery, fancywork; bedizenment, gilt, glitter; design, figure, pattern; furnishings, regalia, trappings
Near Antonymsblemish, defacement, disfigurement, scar; blot, spot, stain
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