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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sideboards
Historical Examples
  • Fortunately the sideboards of those times were substantial of build.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • There were no sideboards in her day anywhere—no mahogany until 1747.

  • If the dining-room be large, it is desirable to have two sideboards, one larger than the other.

    Household Organization Florence Caddy
  • They were kept on plates on sideboards in the sun, or thrust into mousy cupboards.

    Notwithstanding Mary Cholmondeley
  • sideboards should be nailed on these stakes about two feet high.

  • It was the forerunner of the Hepplewhite and Sheraton sideboards that we know so well.

  • Are you looking for the sofas and the sideboards and the silver and the plate?

    The Wharf by the Docks

    Florence Warden
  • He left a trail of vegetable produce in the most unusual places, on mantel boards, sideboards, the tops of pictures.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • At every house where they had been entertained, the tables and the sideboards had been one blaze of gold and silver plate.

  • This shape was much affected by Hepplewhite on his sideboards, and by Sheraton in his earlier style (see Figures 35 and 38).

    The Old Furniture Book N. Hudson Moore
British Dictionary definitions for sideboards


plural noun
another term for sideburns


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
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Word Origin and History for sideboards



"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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