Acajou: The french word for mahogany.
Acroterium: Ornaments applied to the top corners of bookcases, secretaries. Originally an ornament of Greek temples.
Air Bed: A mattress filled with air, covered with cushioning and ticking.
Alpine: The Alps were the meeting place of northern and souther furniture styles.
Amaranth: Also called violetwood and purpleheart, amaranth is a purplish wood used for veneering.
Amboyna: Amboyna is an East Indian wood, used as veneer and inlay. The burls are mottled and curled, and light reddish brown.
Ambry: A large cupboard with doors. The interiors are fitted with shelves for storage. A recess for the storage of goods.
Ambulante: Small portable table, used for serving tea.
Amorini: Painted or carved cupids in decoration. Sometimes only the head is used.
Angel Bed: Bedstead with a canopy, with no pillars in front, and drawned back curtains. The counterpane goes over the foot, the canopy over only a part of the bed.
Anthemion: Greek honeysuckle pattern. Conventionalized to radiating cluster.
Antimacassar: Cloth used to protect chairbacks from soiling by hair.
Antiquing: Antiquing is the process of finish on furniture, or treating wood to make it look old.
Aplique: Applied ornament.