Definition of vitrine
: a glass showcase or cabinet especially for displaying fine wares or specimens
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Shaw Osha has a great story, starting with the diary of her great-great grandmother (in a vitrine), and extending to her field trip to her ancestral South, exploring a slave-owing past.
The elevator doors open onto two vitrines and a wall case filled with 28 pulp magazines and novels.
There are textile swatches everywhere: in vitrines, covering light fixtures, stretching across walls.
That architectural expression, a vitrine, simultaneously safeguards and sanctifies the documents.
Except for his portraits, Penn’s images almost invariably ran in color in Vogue — as copies of the magazine displayed in vitrines remind us.
These grand canvases put the show’s vitrines of ballet flats and bandannas in proper perspective.
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The history of "vitrine" is clear as glass. It comes to English by way of the Old French word vitre, meaning "pane of glass," from Latin vitrum, meaning "glass." "Vitrum" has contributed a number of words to the English language besides "vitrine." "Vitreous" ("resembling glass" or "relating to, derived from, or consisting of glass") is the most common of these. "Vitrify" ("to convert or become converted into glass or into a glassy substance by heat and fusion") is another. A much rarer "vitrum" word - and one that also entered English by way of "vitre" - is vitrailed, meaning "fitted with stained glass."
Origin and Etymology of vitrine
French, from vitre pane of glass, from Old French, from Latin vitrum
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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