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dressing table

a table or stand, usually surmounted by a mirror, in front of which a person sits while dressing, applying makeup, etc.
Origin of dressing table
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She dropped the letter on her dressing-table and began to undo her hair.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • He had taken some from her dressing-table to shine up his face in honour of me!

  • He finally resisted the temptation to wear them for the rest of the morning and replaced them on the dressing-table.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • He struck a match, and lighted one of the candles upon the dressing-table.

  • She had taken up a brush from the dressing-table and loosened Mrs. Severn's hair.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • Her mind was upon putting the contents of her dressing-table in order.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • In her room the exhausted Girl slipped the pins from her hair and sank on the low chair before the dressing-table.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Because I had left my ticket on the dressing-table after all.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • There was white muslin tied with blue ribbons at the window, and the dressing-table was as gaily and innocently adorned.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • The fine comb is a thing of horror, and has no place upon the dressing-table.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
British Dictionary definitions for dressing-table

dressing table

a piece of bedroom furniture with a mirror and a set of drawers for clothes, cosmetics, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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