dumbwaiter

[ duhm-wey-ter ]
/ ˈdʌmˌweɪ tər /

noun

a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors.
British.
  1. an auxiliary serving table.
  2. a serving stand with tiers of revolving shelves.
  3. a serving cart.

Origin of dumbwaiter

First recorded in 1745–55; dumb + waiter
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dumbwaiter

/ (ˈdʌmˌweɪtə) /

noun

British
  1. a stand placed near a dining table to hold food
  2. a revolving circular tray placed on a table to hold foodUS and Canadian name: lazy Susan
a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors
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Word Origin and History for dumbwaiter

dumbwaiter


n.

1749, an article of furniture, from dumb (adj.) + waiter (apparently because it serves as a waiter but is silent). As a movable platform for passing dishes, etc., up and down from one room (especially a basement kitchen) to another, from 1847.

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