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dumbwaiter

[duhm-wey-ter] /ˈdʌmˌweɪ tər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
British.
  1. an auxiliary serving table.
  2. a serving stand with tiers of revolving shelves.
  3. a serving cart.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; dumb + waiter
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British Dictionary definitions for dumb-waiters'

dumbwaiter

/ˈdʌmˌweɪtə/
noun
1.
(Brit)
  1. a stand placed near a dining table to hold food
  2. a revolving circular tray placed on a table to hold food US and Canadian name lazy Susan
2.
a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors
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Word Origin and History for dumb-waiters'

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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