cre·​den·​za | \ kri-ˈden-zə How to pronounce credenza (audio) \

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.

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Don’t just rely on the in-ceiling lighting—make sure to bring in a great desk lamp, table lamps on a credenza, or a floor lamp. Liz Cantrell, ELLE Decor, "How to Make Your Office a "Home Away From Home"," 25 Feb. 2019 All the wiring and a slew of devices—including a Roku, Nintendo Switch, and a surround-sound receiver—are concealed in a sleek white credenza. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Designing a smart home for seamless entertainment," 4 Sep. 2018 For this young family's TV room (on the right), a vintage James Mont credenza in a high-gloss Chinese red lacquer makes a daring, modern statement. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "How To Reimagine Vintage Pieces in a Contemporary Space," 3 Mar. 2014 Other favorites: Solid hardwood dressers and credenzas ($5,000). Linda Jerkins, ajc, "A nod to mod & made in Atlanta," 15 May 2018 On a credenza is a collection of Columbian Santos, painted figures that were part of a nativity scene that Hoksch believes to be from the 1800s. Kadee Krieger,, "Shotgun House Tour opens the doors to eclectic beauties in Algiers Point," 9 May 2018 In the movie room, the vintage sectional is by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, the leather love seat is by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset, the cocktail table is by Dimore Studio for the Future Perfect, and the vintage credenza is Danish. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Lindsey Adelman's Park Slope Home Doubles as a Constantly Revolving Showcase," 27 Apr. 2018 The simple, modular pieces include a credenza and a storage cube that feature Lego-compatible door fronts, sides, and top surfaces made from Corian. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "New furniture collection can be decorated with Legos," 28 Mar. 2018 The wall system, Mosaic, covers everything from bookcases and dressers to credenzas and floating workstations. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "New furniture company marries high-end design with direct-to-consumer convenience," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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