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a wardrobe or cupboard with doors and shelves
Not to be confused with:
amour – a secret love affair
armor – a protective covering; anything that serves as protection
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 (ärm-wär′, ärm′wär)
A large, often ornate cabinet or wardrobe.

[French armoire, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium, chest, from arma, tools; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Furniture) a large cabinet, originally used for storing weapons
[C16: from French, from Old French armaire, from Latin armārium chest, closet; see ambry]
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(ɑrmˈwɑr, ˈɑrm wɑr)

a large cupboard with doors and shelves.
[1565–75; < Middle French; Old French, b. armaire and aumoire ambry]
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A large ornate cabinet or wardrobe.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.armoire - a large wardrobe or cabinetarmoire - a large wardrobe or cabinet; originally used for storing weapons
wardrobe, closet, press - a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
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References in classic literature ?
You may remember that this trousseau was kept in the old armoire, on the right hand side of the little door of my dressing-room--"
"Madame la Vicomtesse will have the goodness to pardon me--it was on the LEFT hand side of the room--Monsieur's medals were kept in the opposite armoire."
The corridor terminated in a hall, large, lofty, and square; a glass door on one side showed within a long narrow refectory, with tables, an armoire, and two lamps; it was empty; large glass doors, in front, opened on the playground and garden; a broad staircase ascended spirally on the opposite side; the remaining wall showed a pair of great folding-doors, now closed, and admitting: doubtless, to the classes.
"Step in here a moment," said she, and she held open the door of the side room from whence she had issued on my arrival; it was a SALLE-A-MANGER, as appeared from the beaufet and the armoire vitree, filled with glass and china, which formed part of its furniture.
The room has wide doors, a king-size French iron bed, armoire, and large writing desk.
But they were puzzled about where to place a favorite Japanese armoire. So they decided to incorporate the "tansu" cabinet into the kitchen, which was also part of the remodel.
Guests enter the "ACT Suite" through a "stage door" at the end of a corridor festooned with theatrical memorabilia; the "green room" (sitting room) provides a writing desk filled with scripts of ACT-produced plays; the "dressing room" (bathroom) abuts the "actor's wardrobe" (armoire); and the bedroom is--you guessed it-"center stage," where all the action takes place.
for an executive desk, $1,299 for an office armoire, and $199 to $2,699 for a wall configuration.
In the story "Drawer" a man has put his absent wife's armoire on the beach.
Each room is decorated with Louisiana wildflowers, a ceiling fan, black and white photos of jazz legends and 19th century furnishings, including a replica of an armoire designed by black furniture maker Pierre Charles Dutreiul Barjon.
Other relatively inexpensive fixes: replace a single built-in closet with an armoire or wardrobe for each resident.