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A narrow high chest of drawers or bureau, often with a mirror attached.

[French, from chiffon, rag; see chiffon.]


(ˌʃɪfəˈnɪə) or


1. (Furniture) a tall, elegant chest of drawers, originally intended for holding needlework
2. (Furniture) a wide low open-fronted cabinet, sometimes fitted with two grille doors and shelves
[C19: from French, from chiffon rag; see chiffon]


or chif•fon•nier

(ˌʃɪf əˈnɪər)

1. a high chest of drawers, often with a mirror on top.
2. a cabinet often combining open shelves with drawers or a or a cupboard, for storage and display, as of books or china.
[1800–10; < French chiffonnier. See chiffon]


An ornamental cabinet with drawers or shelves, or a high and narrow chest of drawers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chiffonier - a tall elegant chest of drawerschiffonier - a tall elegant chest of drawers  
chest of drawers, dresser, bureau, chest - furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
drawer - a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; made so as to slide in and out
References in classic literature ?
I went in out of curiosity, you know, and there is a small chiffonier and a dressing table.
At the mention of the chiffonier and dressing table Berg involuntarily changed his tone to one of pleasure at his admirable domestic arrangements.
The box was found at last under a chiffonier, and Miss Noble grasped it with delight, saying, "it was under a fender the last time.
There was a small oak table in the middle of the room; against the wall stood an exquisite chiffonier, on which were resting some cut-glass decanters and goblets.
Micawber had a few books on a little chiffonier, which he called the library; and those went first.
On my right hand and on my left, as I stood inside the door, were chiffoniers and little stands in buhl and marquetterie, loaded with figures in Dresden china, with rare vases, ivory ornaments, and toys and curiosities that sparkled at all points with gold, silver, and precious stones.
synonyms: cupboard, bureau, bookcase, chest of drawers, sideboard, buffet, dresser, credenza, highboy, tallboy, wardrobe, chiffonier, armoire, wall unit, china cabinet, file cabinet, medicine cabinet
The desk held a world globe; the rest of the room had a single bed, a small chiffonier, and, on the wall, a mechanical drawing of a steam locomotive with all the parts labeled.
Sometimes they bribed her with sweeties or a comic, took the key from the chiffonier, locked her in and escaped – until the night her father arrived home first and had to post the fish suppers through the letter box; her brother's and sister's were fed to the cat.
I do not wish to be a literary or intellectual chiffonier.
Because so many of the figures in grandfather's old Bible, which occupied pride of place on the old chiffonier in Papa's study, were named after his pipes, it took me longer than I care to admit before I understood that Our Father who wrote it wasn't my Papa.