Definition of cheval glass in English:

cheval glass

(also cheval mirror)

noun

  • A tall mirror fitted at its middle to an upright frame so that it can be tilted.

    • ‘Ali ran her fingertips over her grandmother's mirror, remembering the many times she'd seen her grandmother checking her appearance in the old cheval glass.’
    • ‘Improved skill in mirror making also made possible the introduction of the cheval glass, a freestanding full-length mirror, supported on a frame with four feet.’
    • ‘Considered as furniture, mirrors were made in many styles and sizes from small courting glasses to full length cheval glasses.’
    • ‘To the right of the composition is the back edge of a small cheval glass.’
    • ‘He set down his wineglass and, taking her by the shoulders, turned her to the cheval glass she'd avoided up until now.’
    • ‘Kelley Furniture offers a wide variety of cheval mirrors and wall mirrors.’
    • ‘A young woman with long dark hair, wearing a red long-sleeved dress and white surcoat, kneels, looking at her reflection in a large cheval glass which stands on the floor.’
    • ‘The Stratford beveled edge cheval mirror adds dimension with classic lines and a walnut finish.’
    • ‘Whether it's the living room, bedroom, bathroom or foyer our cheval mirrors enable you to transform an ordinary room into an extraordinary display of charm and grace.’
    • ‘After several requests from his wife for a cheval mirror, and many discarded sketches later, McAfee finally was satisfied with this design.’
    • ‘The oblique back view of the cheval mirror in Boucher's picture evokes a convention with a long and venerable history in painter's self-portraits.’
    • ‘She found herself staring motionless at her reflection in the tall cheval glass, and quickly finished unbraiding her hair, thinking fixedly of things other than that sorrow.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: cheval from French, in the sense ‘frame’.

Pronunciation

cheval glass

/ʃəˈval ˌɡlɑːs/