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A low stool or small table.
- ‘At Louis XIV's court, entitlement to a stool (tabouret or pliant) depended on rank, and most courtiers had to stand.’
- ‘Despite the apparent formal simplicity, the taboret and the objects on it are deployed with surprising complexity.’
- ‘When it comes down to it I might never use the taboret or the spun glass pen from Italy.’
- ‘His sketch shows taborets derived from camp furniture and much used at the French imperial court, as well as fantastic ornamental figures serving as couch arms and pedestals for tables.’
Mid 17th century: from French, stool, diminutive of tabour drum (see tabor).
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