epergne
noun Etymology: probably from French épargne saving Date: 1761 an often ornate tiered centerpiece consisting typically of a frame of wrought metal (as silver or gold) bearing dishes, vases, or candle holders or a combination of these

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  • Epergne — (i ˈpərn, ā ) is a type of table centerpiece, usually made of silver, but may be made of any metal or glass or porcelain.DesignIt generally has a large central bowl or basket sitting on four feet with radiating branches supporting small baskets… …   Wikipedia

  • 'Epergne — [ E] pergne , n. [F. [ e]pargne a sparing or saving; a treasury. Our [ e]pergne is a little treasury of sweetmeats, fruits, and flowers. Brewer.] A centerpiece for table decoration, usually consisting of several dishes or receptacles of different …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epergne — [ē pʉrn′, ā pern′] n. [prob. < Fr épargne, a saving < épargner, to save < Frank * sparanjan, akin to Ger sparen, to save] an ornamental stand with several separate dishes, trays, etc., used as a table centerpiece for holding fruit,… …   English World dictionary

  • epergne — /i perrn , ay pairn /, n. an ornamental piece for the center of a table, for holding fruit, flowers, etc. [1755 65; perh. < F épargne treasury, saving, n. deriv. of épargner to save < Gmc; cf. G sparen to save, SPARE] * * * ▪ metalwork  dining… …   Universalium

  • epergne — noun A table centerpiece, usually made of silver, generally consisting of a central bowl with radiating dishes or holders …   Wiktionary

  • epergne — e·pergne || ɪ pɜːn n. decorative bowl, vase …   English contemporary dictionary

  • epergne — [ɪ pə:n] noun an ornamental centrepiece for a dining table, holding fruit or flowers. Origin C18: perh. an alt. form of Fr. épargne economy …   English new terms dictionary

  • epergne — e•pergne [[t]ɪˈpɜrn, eɪˈpɛərn[/t]] n. fur an ornamental stand or dish for holding fruit, flowers, etc., used as a centerpiece • Etymology: 1755–65; perh. < F épargne treasury, saving, n. der. of épargner to save < Gmc; cf. G sparen to save …   From formal English to slang

  • epergne — /iˈpɜn/ (say ee pern) noun an ornamental piece for the centre of a dinner table, often elaborate in design, for holding fruit, flowers, etc. {? French épargne saving, treasury} …   Australian English dictionary

  • epergne —   n. central ornament on table …   Dictionary of difficult words

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