coffee-table

adjective
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

noun

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

Design Within Reach: Shop the Living Room Sale for 15 percent off sofas, chairs, coffee tables, and more through 8/22. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the best sales to shop this weekend," 2 Aug. 2019 The two men, active-duty Navy at the time last year, grappled in the Lakeside-area condominium living room, smashing into the sofa, a coffee table, a Christmas tree. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy love-triangle murder trial opens in El Cajon," 24 July 2019 Some essentials include a sofa, coffee table, side chairs or tables. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Tips for creating an outdoor entertaining space for summer," 27 June 2019 Custom furnishings built as much for performance as polish, plus a few glam expressions like a statement coffee table and large-scale artwork, made the space suitable for both sophisticated soirees and a young clan living its untidy everyday life. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "A Superchic Apartment That’s Tougher Than It Looks," 20 Apr. 2018 Her knickknacks are confined to a small tin at the center of her coffee table that houses eye drops, a flashlight, a bottle of Advil and an amethyst crystal. Amy Kaufman, chicagotribune.com, "Linda Ronstadt on the sound of her life and a new movie all about it," 6 Sep. 2019 Her knickknacks are confined to a small tin at the center of her coffee table that houses some eye drops, a flashlight, a bottle of Advil and an amethyst crystal. Amy Kaufmanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Linda Ronstadt on the sound of her life," 5 Sep. 2019 The front area has couches with small coffee tables as well as an intimate area at the window with a table for two. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Carol Moran is back in Wilton Manors with Apt 9F drinking den," 22 Aug. 2019 Swap your standard coffee table for an upholstered ottoman. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "18 Pieces from Walmart’s New MoDRN Collection That’ll Upgrade Every Room in Your Home," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of coffee-table

Adjective

1962, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined above

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coffee table

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coffee table

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

coffee table

noun

Kids Definition of coffee table

: a low table usually placed in front of a sofa

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