[ kaw-fee tey-buh l, kof-ee- ]
/ ˈkɔ fi ˌteɪ bəl, ˈkɒf i- /
an oversize, expensive, and usually illustrated book suitable for displaying, as on a coffee table.
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Origin of coffee-table book
First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for coffee-table book
a book designed to be looked at rather than read
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