- a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Origin of coffee table
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called cocktail table.
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Examples from the Web for coffee table
And of course, there is a big, glossy—and celebratory—Rizzoli coffee-table book featuring the homes of some of her clients.Design Treasures on the Block
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She took his laptop away and set it down on the coffee-table, then took off his headset.Makers
During this conversation Johann Leopold had approached Johanna at her coffee-table.A Noble Name
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After placing it tenderly upon the coffee-table, he bent down and set it going.
And Isaacson drew from his pocket the letter Mrs. Armine had sent by the felucca, and laid it on the coffee-table.
It was quite a tiny apartment, with a divan, two lounge-chairs and a Persian coffee-table.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
- a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
- (modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substancecoffee-table music
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