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[sahyd-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsaɪdˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a piece of furniture, as in a dining room, often with shelves, drawers, etc., for holding articles of table service.
a board forming a side or a part of a side; sidepiece.
sideboards, Slang. side whiskers.
Origin of sideboard
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at side1, board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for sideboard
Historical Examples
  • You took no drink; the sideboard stands open; my fruit has disappeared.

  • Bishop then came undesignedly sidling in the direction of the sideboard.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Whisky and soda, wine and sandwiches were upon the sideboard.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Louise strolled to the sideboard and helped herself to a sandwich.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • She helped herself to soda water from a siphon on the sideboard.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Ninian went to the sideboard and took hold of the whisky bottle.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • You had better pass the bread—yes, there, behind you on the sideboard.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Honore rose, and going to the sideboard brought back a pitcher of water.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Margaret went to the sideboard and helped herself to one of the breakfast dishes.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • He took the candle from her, and set it down on the sideboard by which she stood.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for sideboard


a piece of furniture intended to stand at the side of a dining room, with drawers, cupboards, and shelves to hold silver, china, linen, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sideboard

"table placed near the side of a room or hall" (especially one where food is served), c.1300, from side (adj.) + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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