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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Your coffee table is begging for a book of your ten-year-old's art! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Artkive Is The Most Adorable Solution For Saving All Of Your Kid’s Art Without The Clutter," 25 Jan. 2019 Rick fashioned an old factory cart into a coffee table and has a knack for finding vintage and Mid-Century Modern pieces. Laura Beitman Hoover,, "Perkasie couple frames new house around an old barn," 29 May 2018 Your photo will be HD-printed on the tray, which can be used for actual serving or as a decorative accent on a coffee table. NBC News, "10 last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas," 8 May 2018 Diptyque’s candles are often pictured on Instagram alongside #00td flat lays or on a coffee table near a window that looks out toward the Eiffel Tower or some other enviable scene. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "You Can Buy These Exclusive Diptyque Candles for 4 Days Only," 6 Apr. 2018 The basics, however, like sofas and chairs and coffee tables, are investments. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Joanna Gaines’ New Book 'Homebody' Reminds Us Why There’s No Place Like Home," 8 Nov. 2018 Placed strategically around are an antique dictionary by Springfield company Merriam-Webster, and early Monopoly games set under the glass of coffee tables (The Milton Bradley Company was born here in 1860). Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Archigram Archives Neatly bound, colorfully illustrated, and comprehensive in its scope, Archigram: The Book, a new exploration of the influential and imaginative ’60s British architecture collective, ticks all the coffee table boxes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the Archigram architectural collective, profiled in a comprehensive new book, designed for a more radical, and random, future," 26 Nov. 2018 When decorating her gym, Oprea borrowed inspiration from her actual home, using the same colors—gold, black, and white—and similar accent pieces, including black chairs, a modern chandelier, and marble coffee table. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Build a Budget-Friendly at-Home Gym With These Tips From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 18 Nov. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above


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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