break·​front | \ ˈbrāk-ˌfrənt How to pronounce breakfront (audio) \

Definition of breakfront

: a large cabinet or bookcase whose center section projects beyond the flanking end sections

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Recent Examples on the Web There was no room for my mother’s bird’s-eye breakfront, her turn-of-the-century chairs. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times, "Watching My Son Grow, and My Mom Return to Childhood," 17 Apr. 2020 Behind the dining room table is more of Offaim’s collection of glasses and pottery, stored in golden yellow cabinets that serve as a kind of casual breakfront, with olive green wainscotting set between the upper and lower cabinets. Jessica Steinberg, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside an Israeli Chef’s Stunning Farmhouse and Garden," 8 June 2018 The order included a mahogany table, sideboard, breakfront, and 10 chairs. Emily Price, Fortune, "HUD Sec. Ben Carson Wants to Cancel That Much-Criticized $31,000 Furniture Order," 1 Mar. 2018 The complaint follows rumors that Donald Trump is considering removing Carson after a series of embarrassments, including the $31,000 dining set, which included a baller breakfront china cabinet. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Retaliation Firings, a Breakfront China Cabinet and a Bootleg Christian Charity: What’s Going On at Ben Carson’s Department of Housing and Urban Development?," 20 Mar. 2018 The sideboard was $6,548, and the breakfront was the most expensive piece in the order, at $7,091. Emily Price, Fortune, "HUD Sec. Ben Carson Wants to Cancel That Much-Criticized $31,000 Furniture Order," 1 Mar. 2018 The animal skulls on the top shelf of the breakfront that is filled with wine glasses, along with the antelope heads hanging on the brick wall above the banquettes, should have signaled that the renowned Saison had changed. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Saison’s new tasting menu goes primal," 23 Feb. 2018 At destination, another crew unpacked all the cartons and placed everything where the shipper wanted it, including dishes and stemware back into the breakfront. Longreads, "A High-End Mover Dishes on Truckstop Hierarchy, Rich People, and Moby Dick," 21 Sep. 2017 What to do with the Chinese porcelain panels, family paintings from the 1930s, Chippendale-style breakfront, and French Provincial dining table, all from Yvonne's Southern mother, who was downsizing just as her daughter was renovating? Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Glass House Fit for a Family," 18 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of breakfront

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Breakfront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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