cheval glass

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English[edit]

A man looking at a cheval-glass

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French cheval ‎(horse, supporting frame) (see chevalet) + glace ‎(mirror).

Noun[edit]

cheval glass ‎(plural cheval glasses)

  1. A long mirror, mounted on a swivel in a frame, allowing it to be tilted.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 609:
      Next to the cheval-glass, Kit noticed a pale dressing-gown, of all-but-insubstantial chiffon
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, chapter 17, in The Subtle Minotaur[1]:
      She sheathed her legs in the sheerest of the nylons that her father had brought back from the Continent, and slipped her feet into the toeless, high-heeled shoes of black suède. She rose to her feet and looked at herself in the long cheval mirror; pale, cool, beautiful.
    • 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
      It was a large room, [...] furnished, among other things, with a cheval-glass and a business table