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court cupboard

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noun English Furniture.
  1. a sideboard of the 16th and 17th centuries, having three open tiers, the middle of which sometimes has a small closed cabinet with oblique sides.

Origin of court cupboard

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for court cupboard

Historical Examples

  • Away with the joint-stools, remove the court-cupboard, look to the plate.

    Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare

  • Often the lower part contained receptacles as in the characteristic English court-cupboard.

  • These little livery cupboards usually stood on another, from which they were detached, and which was the "court-cupboard."

    An Old English Home

    S. Baring-Gould


British Dictionary definitions for court cupboard

court cupboard

noun
  1. a wooden stand with two or three tiers, used in the 16th and 17th centuries to display pewter, silver, etc
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