One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A French craftsman (especially of the 18th cent.) engaged in the production of wooden furniture.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Hungerford Pollen (1820–1902), decorative artist and Roman Catholic convert. From French menuisier artisan who works prepared wood used in furniture-making, joiner from Old French menuise small piece, small thing + -ier.
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