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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To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The fall seems to have its sights set on the cash register, with surefire best-sellers, celebrity bios and coffee table books being released in time for gift giving. Jim Kiest,, "The 12 books, fiction and nonfiction, we can’t wait to read this fall 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 His kids, newly returned from summer camp, have strewn arts and crafts across the coffee table. Lissandra Villa/el Paso, Time, "Beto O'Rourke Finds His Voice Helping El Paso Grieve," 11 Aug. 2019 Jo wrote on the Magnolia blog post about the coffee table. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "PSA: Magnolia Home Furniture Will Soon Be Available to Buy on Joanna Gaines' Site," 6 Aug. 2019 The coffee table part is a funny jape about the design’s similarity to a piece of midcentury furniture, an undulating shape raised on legs; but the kunsthalle part is more telling. Christopher Knight,, "An open letter to LACMA architect Peter Zumthor: Stop dissing L.A.’s art," 9 July 2019 Made of solid wood, this weather-resistant set features one loveseat, two chairs, and one coffee table. Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "All of the best Wayfair deals competing with Prime Day," 15 July 2019 There was a glass coffee table in my room, which allowed me to look down into the water. Christopher Muther,, "How a botched cruise turned into a free trip to Tahiti," 25 June 2019 The Making of Star Wars is a fat slab of a coffee table book, where concept art, scans of scripts, and behind-the-scenes photography accompanied a narrative history of the film’s production. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Alien is the definitive story of the classic horror film," 4 Aug. 2019 Any one of these sculptures would be an amazing centerpiece on your coffee table. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "These Incredible Sculptures Are Made From Book Pages," 22 July 2019

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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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