Definition of dresser noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdresə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdresər//
    Furniture, People in theatre
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  1. 1 (also Welsh dresser) (British English) a large piece of wooden furniture with shelves in the top part and cupboards below, used for displaying and storing cups, plates, etc. See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2 (North American English) = chest of drawers
  3. 3(used with an adjective) a person who dresses in the way mentioned a snappy dresser
  4. 4 (in a theatre) a person whose job is to take care of an actor’s clothes for a play and help him/her to get dressed Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: People in theatre
  5. Word Originsenses 1 to 2 late Middle English (denoting a kitchen sideboard or table on which food was prepared): from Old French dresseur, from dresser ‘prepare’, based on Latin directus ‘direct, straight’.Extra examples I put the kettle on and took two cups and saucers down from the dresser. The china display in her dresser was all blue and white. There was a small dresser in the corner of the bedroom.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dresser