This sofa is a piece of furniture.
An example of furniture is a couch or a chair or a table.
- Obs. the act of furnishing
- the things, usually movable, in a room, apartment, etc. which equip it for living, as chairs, sofas, tables, beds, etc.
- the necessary equipment of a machine, ship, trade, etc.
- Archaic full equipment for a man and horse, as armor, harness, etc.
- Printing pieces of wood, metal, or plastic used to fill in blank areas in type forms
Origin of furnitureFrench fourniture from fournir, furnish
- The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.
- Archaic Necessary equipment, as for a saddle horse or sailing ship.
Origin of furnitureOld French fourniture from fournir to furnish ; see furnish .
(usually uncountable, plural furnitures)
- (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.
- The harness, trappings etc. of a horse, hawk, or other animal.
- Fittings, such as handles, of a door, coffin, or other wooden item.
- Before the end of the nineteenth century, the plural furnitures existed in Standard English in both the U.S. and the U.K.; during the twentieth century, however, it ceased to be used by native speakers.
- A single item of furniture, such as a chair or a table, is often called a piece of furniture.
From Middle French fourniture (“a supply, or the act of furnishing”), from fournir (“to furnish”).