Definition of epergne in English:


Syllabification: e·pergne
Pronunciation: /iˈpərn, āˈpərn


An ornamental centerpiece for a dining table, typically used for holding fruit or flowers.
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  • The epergne, or centrepiece, enjoyed popularity in the 18th century.
  • The consignment consisted of costly goods, including epergnes, table and dessert services and ornamental figures.
  • Cake/dessert, or sweetmeat baskets are extremely popular and apart from the converted liners already mentioned, dismantled epergnes and converted goblets are the two most common deceptions.


early 18th century: perhaps an altered form of French épargne 'saving, economy'.

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