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coffee table

a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Also called cocktail table.
Origin of coffee table
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dr. Braun indicated some notes on the coffee table before him.

    The Common Man Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
  • He walked into the living room and sat across the coffee table from them.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • "It sounds characteristic," murmured Harley, laying the slip on the coffee table.

    Fire-Tongue Sax Rohmer
  • She poured him a cup and set it on a coaster on the coffee table.

  • He let himself into his apartment, switched on the light and dove underneath the coffee table.

    Death Makes A Mistake P.F. Costello
British Dictionary definitions for coffee table

coffee table

a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
(modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substance: coffee-table music
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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