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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. 2016.
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  • During this conversation Johann Leopold had approached Johanna at her coffee-table.

    A Noble Name Claire Von Glmer
  • She took his laptop away and set it down on the coffee-table, then took off his headset.

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  • It was quite a tiny apartment, with a divan, two lounge-chairs and a Persian coffee-table.

  • After placing it tenderly upon the coffee-table, he bent down and set it going.

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  • And Isaacson drew from his pocket the letter Mrs. Armine had sent by the felucca, and laid it on the coffee-table.

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  • A beam of white leaped out across the room and played full upon the coffee-table in the center.

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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