Pronunciation: (arsh-bän'), [key]
—pl. -bancsPronunciation: (-bän'), [key] Fr. Furniture.
a bench or settle of the medieval and Renaissance periods, wide enough for several persons and having a seat with a chest beneath, arms at the ends, and a high back. Also,archbanc.
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