noun

historical
  • A French craftsman (especially of the 18th cent.) engaged in the production of wooden furniture.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

menuisier

/mɛnˈwiːzɪə/