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side table

  1. a table intended to be placed against a wall.
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Origin of side table

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for side-table

Historical Examples

  • On the side-table a lamp was burning under a warm red shade.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Without a word Oliver turned to a side-table, where stood a metal basin and ewer.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Mr. Winter picked up an orange-tinted object from a side-table.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • While Mr. Arnold was speaking, Funkelstein had been writing at a side-table.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Miss Seaton is sitting by a side-table, at some distance from them.

Word Origin and History for side-table


late 14c., from side (n.) + table (n.).

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