break·​front ˈbrāk-ˌfrənt How to pronounce breakfront (audio)
: a large cabinet or bookcase whose center section projects beyond the flanking end sections

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Examples of breakfront in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen has a white-and-blue patterned ceramic tile floor, with a La Cornue range against one wall and a glass breakfront with wood trim against another. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 The breakfront cabinet is set against a wall of antique mirror panels, and the ceiling wallcovering is by Wolf Gordon. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, 16 Apr. 2021 There was no room for my mother’s bird’s-eye breakfront, her turn-of-the-century chairs. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times, 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, 8 June 2018 The order included a mahogany table, sideboard, breakfront, and 10 chairs. Emily Price, Fortune, 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, 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, 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, 23 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breakfront was in 1894

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“Breakfront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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