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side table

a table intended to be placed against a wall.
Origin of side table
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This ceremony takes place at a side-table just before sitting down to the regular meal, be it breakfast, luncheon, or dinner.

  • She rose from her seat, and put them all tidily away on a side-table.

    How It All Came Round L. T. Meade
  • Hot-water bottles are constantly ready, and a mysterious array of restoratives rest handy on a side-table.

    The Romance of the Coast James Runciman
  • While Mr. Arnold was speaking, Funkelstein had been writing at a side-table.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • On a side-table in the room stood a remarkable pile, under cover of a shawl.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Then a black-letter Bible was brought him, and he read it all to himself at a side-table.

  • Not seeing the force of this reasoning, I soon separated myself from them, and secured a corner at a side-table.

  • Under the side-table was a giant oyster from off the coast of Java.

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • On the side-table a lamp was burning under a warm red shade.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The words came from Andrew as he rose from his chair and went to a side-table.

    A Vanished Hand Sarah Doudney
Word Origin and History for side-table

late 14c., from side (n.) + table (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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