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[nahyt-stand] /ˈnaɪtˌstænd/
Origin of nightstand
First recorded in 1960-65; night + stand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He drained his glass, put it on the nightstand, and closed his eyes to think.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Then he took an orange from his nightstand, and put it in my hand.

    Cuore (Heart) Edmondo De Amicis
  • She was at the moment running over in her mind a "situation" in a paper-covered novel turned down on her nightstand.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
  • A scarlet tinder-box glowed among a pile of books on the nightstand.

  • He had taken for his device: "Never a lawyer," and for his armorial bearings a nightstand in which was visible a square cap.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
Contemporary definitions for nightstand

a bedside table, often with drawers, placed next to a bed; also called night table's 21st Century Lexicon
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