1. a high chest of drawers or bureau, often having a mirror on top.
  2. a low bookcase of the English Regency, with grille doors or doorless.
  3. a shallow, tall, open piece of furniture, of the 18th century, having shelves for the display of china.


  1. a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
  2. a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves

“piece of furniture with drawers for women’s needlework, cloth, etc.,” 1806, from French chiffonnier, a transferred use, literally “rag gatherer,” from chiffon, diminutive of chiffe “rag, piece of cloth, scrap, flimsy stuff” (see chiffon).

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