|a table that has a drop-leaf to enlarge its surface|
table with one or two hinged leaves supported by articulated legs, arms, or brackets. An early 17th-century form is the gateleg table, which was followed by two later English forms-the Pembroke table and its more elongated version, the sofa table, which dates from about the 1790s. The sofa table could be drawn up to a sofa and was long enough for two people to sit at, side by side. It had a flap at either end, each supported on a hinged bracket. The top rested on a pair of decorative trestles, or braced frames, composed, for example, of two uprights on a horizontal support, terminating in a pair of outward-curving feet
Learn more about drop-leaf table with a free trial on Britannica.com.