One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When it comes down to it I might never use the taboret or the spun glass pen from Italy.’
- ‘Despite the apparent formal simplicity, the taboret and the objects on it are deployed with surprising complexity.’
Mid 17th century: from French, ‘stool’, diminutive of tabour ‘drum’ (see tabor).
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