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)

coffee table


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

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Now that everything else is easily orderable, those lists will have to make room for a few new items—a sienna coffee table, perhaps, and a pink fish sponge or two. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "This Cult-Favorite Danish Design Brand Is Finally Launching in the U.S.," 1 Nov. 2018 This motif shows up again when adult Adelaide is at her family's beach house, watching intently as a spider makes its way across the coffee table. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "6 'Us' Easter Eggs You Were Probably Too Freaked Out to Notice," 25 Mar. 2019 Put it on the coffee table or actually out of reach of the kids. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 At least three sets of mate gourds and thermoses sat untouched on the coffee table. Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 2018 Barry crawled the length of the bed to the coffee table. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 My husband tucked me into the couch with a blanket, carefully removing the stack of pregnancy books from the coffee table in front of me. Redbook, "The Shadow Side of Motherhood," 30 May 2017 The coffee table in the living room lifts up and down, so it can be used for games and puzzles. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Susan Ferrier on Creating a Cozy Lake House With Dark Colors," 18 Aug. 2014 Plus, there's no shortage of surfaces that could reap the benefits of a whitewashed rustic-meets-vintage look—think everything from your bedroom dresser to coffee table to living room floorboards. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Whitewash Wood Furniture: 8 Easy Steps for Your Next Furniture Makeover," 19 Apr. 2019

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1962, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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