One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of furniture with a number of open shelves for displaying ornaments.
- ‘The etagere was the focal point of the parlor and often displayed precious glass, marble, porcelain, and curiosities on its cascading shelves.’
- ‘Will you please inform Meeks that I have sent back the etagere as it is too small.’
- ‘Where do you go when you want to nab that perfect etagere or TV tray?’
French étagère, from étage ‘shelf’.
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