[sahyd-bawrd, -bohrd]
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  1. a piece of furniture, as in a dining room, often with shelves, drawers, etc., for holding articles of table service.
  2. a board forming a side or a part of a side; sidepiece.
  3. sideboards, Slang. side whiskers.

Origin of sideboard

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at side1, board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for sideboard

cupboard, table, closet, buffet, credenza

Examples from the Web for sideboard

Historical Examples of sideboard

  • You took no drink; the sideboard stands open; my fruit has disappeared.

  • Bishop then came undesignedly sidling in the direction of the sideboard.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Whisky and soda, wine and sandwiches were upon the sideboard.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Louise strolled to the sideboard and helped herself to a sandwich.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • She helped herself to soda water from a siphon on the sideboard.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for sideboard


  1. a piece of furniture intended to stand at the side of a dining room, with drawers, cupboards, and shelves to hold silver, china, linen, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sideboard

"table placed near the side of a room or hall" (especially one where food is served), c.1300, from side (adj.) + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper