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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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 Its large windows illuminate rows of bookshelves and a small anatomical model of the human brain on her coffee table. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 Just as Magnolia Table wasn't just a collection of recipes — it was filled with family stories, too — this isn't just a coffee table book loaded with glossy images of homes featured on Fixer Upper. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Get Your Sneak Peek At Joanna Gaines's Upcoming Design Book, Homebody," 12 June 2018 Lee Broom mastered the globe in his Orion lights and Piero Lissoni built a square coffee table of brilliant gridded glass. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The 5 Hottest Trends from Milan’s 2018 Furniture Fair," 27 Apr. 2018 In 2014, his Goodyear table brought in $4.5 million at auction, while another marble coffee table made for Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dretzin sold for $2.9 million. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rare Noguchi marble table expected to fetch $1M at auction," 22 Mar. 2018 The living-room furniture consists only of a dining table with chairs, a single recliner chair and a coffee table. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Clopein mentioned the need for a coffee table for the shelter. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Young Girl Scouts earn Gold and Silver awards [West Friendship]," 14 June 2018 Whittle pulls out a deluxe coffee table–style soft-cover that looks ready for end placement in the MoMA gift shop. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018

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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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