dumb-waiter

dumbwaiter

[duhm-wey-ter]
noun
1.
a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors.
2.
British.
a.
an auxiliary serving table.
b.
a serving stand with tiers of revolving shelves.
c.
a serving cart.

Origin:
1745–55; dumb + waiter

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dumbwaiter (ˈdʌmˌweɪtə)
 
n
1.  (Brit)
 a.  a stand placed near a dining table to hold food
 b.  US and Canadian name: lazy Susan a revolving circular tray placed on a table to hold food
2.  a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors

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dumbwaiter
1749, an article of furniture, from dumb + waiter (apparently because it serves as a waiter but is silent). As a movable platform for passing dishes, etc., up and down from one room (especially a basement kitchen) to another, from 1847.
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