1 of 2


cof·​fee-ta·​ble ˈkȯ-fē-ˌtā-bəl How to pronounce coffee-table (audio)
: of, relating to, or being an article (such as a book or magazine) intended for display (as on a coffee table)

coffee table

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
The series has also been turned into a coffee-table book, available at Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 5 June 2024 Allen recently talked to Robb Report about his latest work, Ferrari: From Inside and Outside, a nearly 300-page coffee-table publication released last May. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024
This furniture set on Amazon includes a charming loveseat, two oversized wicker chairs, and a practical coffee table. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 8 June 2024 The fourth photo features an ashtray with gold trinkets atop a stack of coffee table books, the fifth is a black-and-white snap with Lorde poolside with wet hair and the sixth image is a shot of her in a black dress from behind. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for coffee-table 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'coffee-table.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use


1962, in the meaning defined above


1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coffee-table was in 1877

Dictionary Entries Near coffee-table

coffee spoon


coffee table

Cite this Entry

“Coffee-table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

coffee table

: a low table usually placed in front of a sofa
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!