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 The fashion house just released their new coffee table book VLogo Signature, which showcases the iconic Valentino logo in a new light. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, "Valentino Teams Up With New York Institution Casa Magazines," 13 Nov. 2020 The woman began yelling and screaming and breaking everything on the coffee table. cleveland, "Drunk woman violates protection order: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 13 Nov. 2020 The Dogman’s mouth was now as bloody as his nose, and his shirt was dotted with tiny stained holes where shards of the coffee table had pricked his skin. Michael Deagler, Harper's Magazine, "New Poets," 27 Oct. 2020 Graf Lantz coasters do their job, last forever, and look good on any coffee table. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "I Use These Wool Coasters on a Daily Basis," 5 Nov. 2020 There have been times when Jacob sprawls on the hard wood floor or hurls himself into the couch in an effort to avoid the laptop computer on the coffee table. Karie Angell Luc,, "Parents of U-46 special needs students say their kids are suffering not being in school," 31 Oct. 2020 The trio of tomes invites thwarted travelers to stack volumes on the coffee table, settle into the sofa and turn the pages of our planet. Washington Post, "No travel plans? Try three new books about the nexus of travel and design.," 30 Oct. 2020 This coffee table book is filled with stories and photos of some of history's most influential women. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "11 Christmas Gifts That Celebrate Female Empowerment," 30 Oct. 2020 Sophie Gamand has hit the ball out of the park with this pit bull focused coffee table book. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Animal coffee table books that make great gifts and conversation fodder," 1 Oct. 2020

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1962, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Coffee-table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 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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