The term Ebeniste refers to a furniture craftsman or a cabinetmaker, specifically one who works with fine or exotic woods. It is a French word, derived from ébène, which means ebony, a type of dark hardwood often used in high-quality furniture construction. Ebenistes are highly skilled artisans who create and repair furniture, specializing in intricate woodwork, veneer, marquetry, and other decorative techniques. Also called ebonist. Ebonyworker. The French term for cabinetmaker.