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coffee table

a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Also called cocktail table.
Origin of coffee table
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for coffee table

coffee table

a low table, on which newspapers, etc, may be placed and coffee served
(modifier) implying an emphasis on appearance and style over substance: coffee-table music
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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