coffee table

noun
a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Also called cocktail table.


Origin:
1875–80

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coffee table
 
n
1.  a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
2.  (modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substance: coffee-table music

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Example sentences
It's got a turning radius roughly the size of a coffee table, and you can park
  anywhere.
In spite of the punishing sleep deprivation of the past week, they huddle
  around a coffee table talking science into the night.
At the bar, my father was standing beside a squat coffee table with his partner
  and a friend.
Today he still handles them lovingly, always careful to set them down with both
  hands on a coffee table.
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