Definition of cheval glass in English:

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cheval glass

Pronunciation: /SHəˈval ˌɡlas/
(also cheval mirror)

noun

A tall mirror fitted at its middle to an upright frame so that it can be tilted.
Example sentences
  • She found herself staring motionless at her reflection in the tall cheval glass, and quickly finished unbraiding her hair, thinking fixedly of things other than that sorrow.
  • The oblique back view of the cheval mirror in Boucher's picture evokes a convention with a long and venerable history in painter's self-portraits.
  • To the right of the composition is the back edge of a small cheval glass.

Origin

Mid 19th century: cheval from French, in the sense 'frame'.

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Syllabification: che·val glass

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