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coffee table

noun
1.
a low table, usually placed in front of a sofa, for holding ashtrays, snack bowls, glasses, magazines, etc.
Also called cocktail table.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
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British Dictionary definitions for coffee-table

coffee table

noun
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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