coffee table

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noun

a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.

Nearby words

  1. coffee nut,
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  3. coffee royal,
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  8. coffee-and,
  9. coffee-colored,
  10. coffee-klatsch

Origin of coffee table

First recorded in 1875–80

Also called cocktail table.

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British Dictionary definitions for coffee table

coffee table

noun

a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
(modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substancecoffee-table music
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