dresser

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French dresseur, from the verb dresser.

Noun[edit]

dresser (plural dressers)

  1. An item of kitchen furniture, like a cabinet with shelves, for storing crockery or utensils.
    • 1847, Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
      The pewter plates on the dresser / Caught and reflected the flame, as shields of armies the sunshine.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2
      But it went through her like a flash of hot fire when, in passing, he lurched against the dresser, setting the tins rattling, and clutched at the white pot knobs for support.
  2. An item of bedroom furniture, like a low chest of drawers, often with a mirror.
  3. (dated) A table or bench on which meat and other things are dressed, or prepared for use.
  4. (mining) A kind of pick for shaping large coal.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From dress +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

dresser (plural dressers)

  1. Agent noun of dress:
    1. One who dresses in a particular way.
      He's a very snappy dresser.
    2. A wardrobe assistant in a theatre.
    3. (medicine) A surgeon's assistant who helps to dress wounds etc.
      • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, I:
        On the very day that I had come to this conclusion, I was standing at the Criterion Bar, when someone tapped me on the shoulder, and turning round I recognized young Stamford, who had been a dresser under me at Bart's.
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French drecer, drecier, from Vulgar Latin *dīrectiāre, from Latin dīrectus (straight), whence the adjective direct. Compare Italian drizzare, Spanish aderezar, Jèrriais dréchi, Friulian dreçâ.

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dresser

  1. (transitive) to erect, put up
  2. (transitive) to pitch (a tent)
  3. (transitive) to lift, raise
  4. (transitive) to set, lay out
    Est-ce qu'il a dressé la table? Has he laid the table?
  5. (transitive) to tame (lion etc), break in (horse), to train (an animal)
  6. (reflexive) to stand

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