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A usually upholstered armchair having a relatively low back and side panels between the seat and armrests.

[French, shepherdess, bergère (probably so called after the pastoral scenes often depicted on the upholstery of such armchairs in the 1700s ), from Old French bergiere, shepherdess, feminine of berger, shepherd, from Vulgar Latin *vervēcārius, berbēcārius*berbēcārius, from Latin vervex, vervēc-, wether.]
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1. (Furniture) a type of French armchair made from about 1725 having a wide deep seat and upholstered sides and back. In later examples, woven cane is often used instead of upholstery
2. (Furniture) a sofa of a similar design
[French, literally: shepherdess]
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a deep armchair with a cane or upholstered back and arms and a cushion on the seat.
[1755–65; < French: literally, shepherdess, feminine of berger shepherd]
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