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Definition of credenza

2 : a sideboard, buffet, or bookcase patterned after a Renaissance credence especially : one without legs

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In Italian credenza means “belief” or “confidence,” and confidence is just what a member of a noble or royal household needed before eating in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Being poisoned by one’s enemies was an ever-present danger. As a result, it was customary for members of royal or noble families to have a servant taste their food and drink after it left the kitchen and before it was served. The tasting was done at a dining room sideboard, and the name of the sideboard became credenza in Italian.

Examples of credenza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So while the Staccato dresser is an original (as is the gondola sofa in the master and the credenza in the living room), there are also plenty of reproductions scattered throughout. Richard A. Marini,, "1967 Windcrest home renovated, redecorated into ode to mid-century modern design — and Tammy Faye Baker," 1 Sep. 2020 Salmon and pink pillows on the sofa, as well as artwork above the credenza, add bright hues to an otherwise mostly neutral palette. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This custom 1-bed luxury condo in Louisville features elegant touches in open, airy space," 19 June 2020 The old gray couch would go, of course, as would the dark credenza, pine stained to look like chestnut, filled mostly with issues of Time dating from the ’80s. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, "For the Union Dead," 6 Apr. 2020 Starting November 27th through December 1st, take $100 off bar carts and lamps, up to $250 off mirrors and x-stools, up to $400 off lounge chairs and tables, and up to $600 off credenzas. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Black Friday Home Deals to Shop This Year, at All Your Favorite Brands," 23 Nov. 2019 This stainless steel opener would look nice on your bar cart, counter or credenza. Popular Science, "Just four excellent wine bottle openers," 8 Nov. 2019 He custom built every shelf, table, the bar top, welcome credenza, and window frames, just to name a few. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Kumiko Is a New Bar in Chicago That Will Instantly Transport You to Japan," 11 June 2019 So to create more storage, this genius credenza was custom-designed to hide a full wet bar (complete with a fold-down faucet). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Kitchen Designer Shares His Tricks for an Always-Tidy Space," 11 Sep. 2019 In the entrance hall of his and Lopez’s New York City apartment, a pair of large framed photographs sit side by side on a credenza. Ben Reiter,, "'What's a Scarlet Letter?' The Improbable Reinvention of A-Rod," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of credenza

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for credenza

Italian, literally, belief, confidence, from Medieval Latin credentia

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The first known use of credenza was in 1880

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13 Sep 2020

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“Credenza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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