furniture
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈfɜːnɪtʃə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɝnɪtʃɚ/
Noun

furniture (uncountable)

  1. (now usually uncountable) Large movable item(s), usually in a room, which enhance(s) the room's characteristics, functionally or decoratively.
    The woman does not even have one stick of furniture moved in yet.
    How much furniture did they leave behind?
    A chair is furniture. Sofas are also furniture.
    They bought a couple of pieces of furniture.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with (by way of local colour) on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust […].
  2. The harness, trappings etc. of a horse, hawk, or other animal.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 42, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      We commend a horse because he is strong and nimble, […] and not for his furniture: a greyhound for his swiftnesse, not for his collar: a hawke for her wing, not for her cranes or bells.
  3. Fittings, such as handles, of a door, coffin, or other wooden item.
  4. (firearms) The stock and forearm of a weapon.
  5. (printing, historical) The pieces of wood or metal put round pages of type to make proper margins and fill the spaces between the pages and the chase.
  6. (journalism) Any material on the page other than the text and pictures of stories.
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