Bergere Definition

A usually upholstered armchair having a relatively low back and side panels between the seat and armrests.
American Heritage
An upholstered armchair, or one with caned seat, back, and sides and loose cushions, esp. in an 18th-cent. French style.
Webster's New World

Origin of Bergere

  • 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, berb-=@emacron=-c-=@amacron=-rius berbēcārius from Latin vervex, vervēc- wether

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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