Definition of furniture in English:

furniture

noun

  • 1The movable articles that are used to make a room or building suitable for living or working in, such as tables, chairs, or desks.

    • ‘When you entered the doorway you faced a mirrored closet and then, right in front of you was a large room where they put the dining room furniture, pool table, stereo system and couch.’
    • ‘We collected dust samples from the participants' mattresses, bedding, bedroom floors, living room floors, upholstered furniture, and kitchens.’
    • ‘Around the edges of the room were pieces of furniture like tables and a few chairs.’
    • ‘An ethos of functionalism informed all of their furniture designs.’
    • ‘The Embark furniture range will include lamps, bar stools, coffee tables, dining furniture and reclining chairs.’
    • ‘It was a large room with pretty oak furniture: a desk, queen bed, and wardrobe.’
    • ‘Travel furniture from chairs, tables and bookcases to bedroom suites, was in much demand in the late 18th and 19th centuries.’
    • ‘The houses inside were full of furniture like chairs tables beds and other things of the sort.’
    • ‘He makes coat stands, dining room suites, bedroom furniture and tables or anything his private and corporate clients ask.’
    • ‘The walls were still brick, but she had brought in an overstuffed couch and glass coffee table for furniture and placed plants and a very nice book case in the corner.’
    • ‘Henny and I sit on one of the two slip-covered red couches - the only furniture in the living room except for two dining tables.’
    • ‘I informed my mother, who was busy arranging furniture in the living room.’
    • ‘By contrast, in the center of the first gallery was a room's worth of furniture: a sofa, chair, coffee table, lamp and rug.’
    • ‘He plastered the front hall with Christmas cards, new and old, and moved much of the living room furniture to the family room.’
    • ‘Use ladderback chairs, rocking chairs, benches, wicker furniture and Windsor chairs.’
    • ‘John works with a bunch of artisans in a small-scale factory where they can knock up stage furniture, chairs, tables, small boats - and ships!’
    • ‘I saw his bed was in the same design as his furniture in the living room had been.’
    • ‘If you are in a room with lots of furniture, tables, chairs, bar stools, etc., use them to your advantage.’
    • ‘A chair and a table were the only furniture in the room.’
    • ‘They didn't buy any more furniture for the living room or extra bedrooms because furnishing the baby's room was the most important thing on their list.’
    furnishings, house fittings, fittings, fitments, movables, fixtures, appointments, appliances, effects, chattels, amenities, units, equipment, paraphernalia
    stuff, things
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  • 2[usually with adjective or noun modifier] The small accessories or fittings that are required for a particular task or function:

    ‘the more sophisticated Mac furniture—number wheels, colour pickers, and so on’
    • ‘There was £40,000 damage and much of the furniture, windows and fittings had to be replaced.’
    • ‘The company has negotiated a special furniture and fitting package with Harvey Norman for units that have yet to be fitted out.’
    • ‘This not only includes basic furniture items, but a ‘homeowner's pack’ of cutlery, crockery, basic pans and bathroom accessories.’
    • ‘Available in 142 colors and eight animal prints, the fabric is ideal for occasional furniture and accessories.’
    • ‘A temporary roof and ceiling were added to the nave and the chancel and much of the furniture and fittings of the old Cathedral were used to maintain links with the past.’
    • ‘To brighten up your workplace, Designo has a wide variety of corporate furniture and accessories too.’
    • ‘Lissadell House will be stripped of its historical furniture and fittings before the new owners take over in December.’
    • ‘Pricing can be an issue as many of his lamps are art objects as much as functional furniture.’
    • ‘They use cheap materials and actually destroy a lot of decent furniture and fittings in the process - if something is considered unfashionable it gets taken out or painted over.’
    • ‘Specially-commissioned glass screens, new furniture, fittings and an aquarium complete the project.’
    furnishings, house fittings, fittings, fitments, movables, fixtures, appointments, appliances, effects, chattels, amenities, units, equipment, paraphernalia
    stuff, things
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    1. 2.1 The mountings of a rifle:
      ‘the gun is fitted with wooden furniture’
      • ‘His Model 1866 Winchester did not have the traditional wooden furniture, but rather an ivory polymer buttstock and forearm.’
    2. 2.2Printing Pieces of wood or metal placed round or between metal type to make blank spaces and fasten the type in the chase.

Origin

Early 16th century (denoting the action of furnishing): from French fourniture, from fournir, from Old French furnir to furnish.

Pronunciation:

furniture

/ˈfəːnɪtʃə/