One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-seated upholstered armchair fashionable in the 18th century.
- ‘I took a seat in one of the two comfortable bergère armchairs and embarked on one of the most fabulous experiences of my life.’
- ‘A suppressed sigh from Cecile was the only answer and after reposing himself for a few minutes in the bergere in which he had intrenched himself, and from which he rose covered with the accumulated dust of months, the comte conducted his daughter to her chambre a coucher.’
Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘shepherdess’.
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