épergne

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps a corrupted form of French épargne (saving).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

épergne (plural épergnes)

  1. A centerpiece for table decoration, usually consisting of several dishes or receptacles of different sizes grouped together in an ornamental design.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 80:
      They made there, on the breakfast-table, a patch, as it were, of mosaic among the silver chafing dishes, silver épergnes filled with peaches in pyramids, and great silver rose-bowls […].