Definition of furniture in English:

furniture

Line breaks: fur¦ni|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːnɪtʃə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The movable articles that are used to make a room or building suitable for living or working in, such as tables, chairs, or desks.
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    • If you are in a room with lots of furniture, tables, chairs, bar stools, etc., use them to your advantage.
    • Henny and I sit on one of the two slip-covered red couches - the only furniture in the living room except for two dining tables.
    • By contrast, in the center of the first gallery was a room's worth of furniture: a sofa, chair, coffee table, lamp and rug.
  • 2 [usually with adjective or noun modifier] The small accessories or fittings that are required for a particular task or function: the more sophisticated Mac furniture—number wheels, colour pickers, and so on
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    • They use cheap materials and actually destroy a lot of decent furniture and fittings in the process - if something is considered unfashionable it gets taken out or painted over.
    • The company has negotiated a special furniture and fitting package with Harvey Norman for units that have yet to be fitted out.
    • Lissadell House will be stripped of its historical furniture and fittings before the new owners take over in December.
  • 2.1The mountings of a rifle: the gun is fitted with wooden furniture
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    • His Model 1866 Winchester did not have the traditional wooden furniture, but rather an ivory polymer buttstock and forearm.
  • 2.2 Printing Pieces of wood or metal placed round or between metal type to make blank spaces and fasten the type in the chase.

Phrases

part of the furniture

informal A person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned, or invisible feature of the landscape: I worked for him for so long I became part of the furniture Marx’s views on class and capitalism are part of the furniture of the modern mind
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  • She's like part of the furniture - people always expect her to be there.
  • Having worked in Guiseley for so long, I feel that I am part of the furniture.
  • He was obviously a really good con man, giving the impression that he was part of the furniture down at Clifton.

Origin

early 16th century (denoting the action of furnishing): from French fourniture, from fournir, from Old French furnir 'to furnish'.

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