le panneau d'un buffet

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Carcassonnaise

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British English
A woman tidies her sitting room and then "elle se pencha pour soulever le panneau d'un buffet en noyer verni". Inside which is a record-player. I thought buffet was a sideboard or dresser and cannot see why the record player would be in that or what the panneau was that she lifted... ?
 
  • Kakikako

    Senior Member
    French - France
    You are right in your understanding. The only explanation I can see is that it could be a 'buffet' that has been adapted to more modern needs and you can lift the top to get to a record player and play your records;)
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    Kakikako's suggestion is quite possible. Or else, the buffet could be a modern piece of furniture that is designed to look traditional on the outside. The panneau could be the top.

    Or an old piece of furniture could have a top that can be raised. I have an old sewing machine that is set in an oak frame. When you lift the top, the sewing machine comes up. This is the way it was built, not an adaptation.
     

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I'm imagining one of these, yes, a big piece of furniture with a built-in player under a lid. My parents had one.
     

    Fred_C

    Senior Member
    Français
    J’ai déjà vu des meubles anciens avec un couvercle rabattable. Il ne s’agissait pas d’une adaptation moderne. Ce genre de meubles porte très certainement un nom précis (une mée, peut-être ?, ou un farinier ?) quoi qu’il en soit, les francophones sont très susceptibles d’appeler ça un buffet, qui est un terme très courant, même si c’est un terme impropre. C’est probablement ainsi qu’il faut comprendre le mot.
     
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