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coffee table

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  1. 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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  • She took his laptop away and set it down on the coffee-table, then took off his headset.


    Cory Doctorow

  • During this conversation Johann Leopold had approached Johanna at her coffee-table.

    A Noble Name

    Claire Von Glmer

  • After placing it tenderly upon the coffee-table, he bent down and set it going.

    Bella Donna

    Robert Hichens

  • And Isaacson drew from his pocket the letter Mrs. Armine had sent by the felucca, and laid it on the coffee-table.

    Bella Donna

    Robert Hichens

  • It was quite a tiny apartment, with a divan, two lounge-chairs and a Persian coffee-table.

British Dictionary definitions for coffee table

coffee table

  1. a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
  2. (modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substancecoffee-table music
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