joint stool


noun

a low wood stool having turned legs with all parts joined by a mortise joint.

Origin of joint stool

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for joint stool

  • During that term he was to be the property of his master, and as much a commodity of bargain and sale as an ox, or a joint-stool.

    The Scarlet Letter|Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The officious housewife fetched a joint-stool, first clearing it from dust, whilst her husband added a billet to the heap.

  • A man of business never wants a counter if he can meet with a joint-stool.

    Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3)|Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d'Arblay)
  • I shouldn't have had a joint-stool to sit down on, if it hadn't been for that.

    Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu