cof·​fee-ta·​ble | \ˈkȯ-fē-ˌtā-bəl, 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

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Along the way, the plates themselves have become iconic, recycled into coffee tables, museum pieces, even fine art sculptures. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "A Heavenly Disk To Map The Universe," 13 Aug. 2018 Say hello to the coffee table that goes where no living room furniture has gone before. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Star Trek Coffee Table Is Also a Pinball Machine and a Meteorite Cabinet," 26 Apr. 2016 However, the living room features an almost completely white palette, with the exception of a chrome coffee table and black-and-white wall art. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner Has An Entire Closet For Purses, And It Is Epic," 17 Aug. 2018 Each photographer on this list is already quite prolific, shooting magazine covers, releasing coffee table books, and lensing major ad campaigns. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Black Fashion Photographers to Follow on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018 In this wine shop, where metal shelves are stacked to the ceiling with mostly Italian wines, there are also unfussy tables and chairs and a couple of couches around a wood coffee table. New York Times, "In a Northern Italian Wine Region, Raising a Glass with Less Fuss," 31 May 2018 Cutting boards range from about $40 to $150, coffee tables and other furniture start at about $350 and custom pricing varies. Allison Carey,, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 May 2018 Scoot them together as a side table, split them up to flank a sofa, or cozy them back up for a multi-level coffee table. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Winning Side-Table Styling Ideas," 22 Jan. 2018 Which means an ashtray could be just what your curated coffee table has been craving., "Why Are Ashtrays Trending Again? Well, We'll Be Blunt...," 11 July 2018

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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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