staffage

noun
staf·​fage | \ stəˈfäzh \
plural -s

Definition of staffage

: the accessories of an artistic composition especially : human or animal figures added as subordinate elements to the painting of a landscape

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History and Etymology for staffage

German, from staffieren to trim, decorate (from Low German stafferen, from Middle Low German stoffēren, staffēren, from Middle Dutch stofferen, from Middle French estoffer to stuff, trim, decorate) + French -age

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“Staffage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staffage. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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