credenza

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noun cre·den·za \kri-ˈden-zə\

Definition of credenza

  1. 1 :  credence 3

  2. 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.

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Origin and Etymology of credenza

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


First Known Use: 1880

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