cof·​fee-ta·​ble | \ ˈkȯ-fē-ˌtā-bəl How to pronounce coffee-table (audio) , ˈkä- \

Definition of coffee-table

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being an article (such as a book or magazine) intended for display (as on a coffee table)

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Definition of coffee table (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low table customarily placed in front of a sofa

called also cocktail table

Examples of coffee-table in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spruce up your coffee table by investing in some beautiful books for you and your guests to peruse. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Coffee table books that bring the wonders of our planet into your living room," 1 Oct. 2020 This three-legged coffee table is both stylish and functional. NBC News, "Wayfair is offering up to 80 percent off during Way Day 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 If your coffee table is looking a bit bare, this wooden tray is the perfect way to pull your living space together. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "25 top-selling pieces of home decor you can get at Walmart under $50," 21 Sep. 2020 Pick a statement style to place front and center on your coffee table. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "The Face Mask Holders I’m Using to Stay Organized," 30 Sep. 2020 The Playboy magazines stayed out on the coffee table in the living room, while the hard stuff smoldered on the top shelf of the bedroom closet, where all the children found it. Ann Patchett, The New Yorker, "My Three Fathers," 28 Sep. 2020 For example, pop some pinecones into a pretty wooden bowl and display it on your coffee table. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Smart Ways To Prep For More Indoor Time at Home," 25 Sep. 2020 This little sculptural piece is ideal for a bookcase, coffee table, or home office. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "25 top-selling pieces of home decor you can get at Walmart under $50," 21 Sep. 2020 Next, layer in natural elements, like a vase of fall florals centered on your coffee table. Shelby Deering, Better Homes & Gardens, "10 Farmhouse Fall Decor Ideas That Are Simply Perfect for Autumn," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of coffee-table


1962, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Coffee-table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coffee table

: a long, low table that is usually placed in front of a sofa in someone's home

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Kids Definition of coffee table

: a low table usually placed in front of a sofa

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