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A glass-paneled cabinet or case for displaying articles such as china, objets d'art, or fine merchandise.

[French, from vitre, pane of glass, from Old French, glass, window with multiple lights, from Latin vitrum.]


(Furniture) a glass display case or cabinet for works of art, curios, etc
[C19: from French, from vitre pane of glass, from Latin vitrum glass]



a glass cabinet or case, esp. for displaying art objects.
[1875–80; < French <vitre pane of glass]
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Noun1.vitrine - a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or homevitrine - a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
trophy case - a case in which to display trophies
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She submitted cheerfully to the purple satin and yellow tuftings of the Welland drawing-room, to its sham Buhl tables and gilt vitrines full of modern Saxe.
Les manifestants ont brule des drapeaux americains, casse des vitrines de magasins, mis feu a des voitures garees aux alentours.
This despite its secure place in museum vitrines, its literature of connoisseurship, and our awareness of the skill and care that to this day go into each piece.
Most of them are on display within eight floor- and wall-mounted vitrines, each housing one or more burnt books.
Invitation to tender : (b1526) Conception, execution et livraison de differents types de vitrines destinees au nouveau batiment du Musee national suisse de Zurich, montage des vitrines encastrables dans le systeme de parois mis a disposition par le maitre de l~ouvrage.
Meme le melon et la pasteque ont fait leur apparition dans ces [beaucoup moins que] vitrines [beaucoup plus grand que] de l'informel et a des prix differents de ceux affiches en ville.
Paying homage to the humble corner, the display vitrines are currently outfitting Prada's stores worldwide.
The period rooms are complemented by a series of smaller vitrines, and the redeployment of four 19th-century rooms with painted ceilings, among which are the former Salles du Conseil d'Etat.
Les vitrines des bijoutiers sont encombrees de pieces en or mais sans acheteurs.
The walls on either side are covered floor to ceiling with two rows of mixed media compositions in deep glass lead sealed vitrines, 44 in all, each about 10'x 4'.
Translated from the 2008 French original (published by Editions Larousse), this attractive, oversized volume (9x12") offers a survey of insects laid out one to a page in superb color photographs that are presented against backgrounds of collecting boxes or naturalist notebook pages so that the reader has the sense of peering into intriguing vitrines in a dusty natural history museum.
Inside, a succession of eroded spaces and cavities beget a moody, cave-like atmosphere, complete with display vitrines sculpted in the shape of stalagmites and stalactites.