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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each 4-inch square coaster is made out of moisture-resistant cork, keeping your coffee table safe from water stains. oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 For a project that takes a relatively small amount of time, this DIY stone bowl will give your coffee table a luxurious final touch. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2021 But every so often, a product rises to the top of the UPS and FedEx heap, earning it a coveted spot on my viewing table/kitchen counter/coffee table/bathroom window ledge. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 This Sol furniture set seats up to seven people and includes a U-shaped sectional and square coffee table made from resin wicker and a steel frame. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2021 In addition to the Zalszupin chairs, other pieces of collectible design that add an artistic flair include a brass Rosanna coffee table from Erwan Boulloud—one of only eight in the world—and Lindsey Adelman Knotty sconces. Courtney Hazlett, Robb Report, 31 Oct. 2021 The pieces will include a bouclé sofa, a travertine coffee table, a red-pine dining table, two walnut dining chairs with upholstered seats and a walnut stool. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 This designer-favorite brand has created a stylish accent that’s an ideal complement to a dresser, coffee table, or side table. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Sofa and coffee table: custom, Workshop/APD, fabricated by Naula. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of coffee-table


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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