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occasional table

noun
1.
a small table with no regular use
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Examples from the Web for occasional table
Historical Examples
  • She was sitting in a chair by the open window with quite a pile of yellow-labelled books on the occasional table beside her.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • On a writing-table lay a volume of Shakespeare, and, on an occasional table, a carved ivory back-scratcher.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • "Look at the time," said he, drawing attention to the gilt clock on an occasional table.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • It is small in size, practically being an ornamental or occasional table.

  • Chair (occasional Jacobean with rose-coloured squab) L. of occasional table above settee.

    Mr. Pim Passes By Alan Alexander Milne
  • Gerald had subsided on to an occasional table, and was weeping softly again.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • Picking up a photograph of Alice as a small child from an occasional table.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
Contemporary definitions for occasional table
noun

any small decorative and portable table intended for use as the occasion requires

Examples

We love the 60s' style stackable occasional tables.

Word Origin

1857

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