dumbwaiter

noun
dumb·​wait·​er | \ ˈdəm-ˌwā-tər How to pronounce dumbwaiter (audio) , ˌdəm-ˈwā- \

Definition of dumbwaiter

1 : a portable serving table or stand
2 : a small elevator used for conveying food and dishes from one story of a building to another

Examples of dumbwaiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen features Carrera marble, two countertop islands, a dumbwaiter and countertop seating. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at a seven-bedroom home that dates back to the 1930s with an impressive Dallas legacy," 25 Sep. 2020 To navigate the main portion of the house, the couple spent $52,000 on an elevator—an upgrade, jokes Ms. Parsons, of the previous home’s dumbwaiter. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "An Australian Couple Demolished Their Home to Build a Retirement Retreat," 24 Feb. 2021 The kitchen is open to the family room and provides a large island with a prep sink, granite countertops, upscale appliances (including a six-burner Wolf gas range with a griddle), a pot filler and a dumbwaiter serving all three floors. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents 2-acre estate in gated Frisco community," 26 Dec. 2020 There's a caterer's kitchen with its own entrance, and a dumbwaiter for the vittles and drinks. Rohan Preston Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "$1.5M Eden Prairie luxury home is a stargazer's delight," 11 Dec. 2020 Pearce’s team discovered the home’s original dumbwaiter. Interior Designer Birgitte Pearce, House Beautiful, "Tour a New Jersey Kitchen with a "Men's Club Aesthetic"," 18 Sep. 2020 The kitchen is open to the family room and features a large island with a prep sink, granite countertops, upscale appliances (including a six-burner Wolf gas range with a griddle), a pot filler and a dumbwaiter serving all three floors. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents 2-acre estate in Frisco," 12 Sep. 2020 Like with Thomas Jefferson’s ingenious dumbwaiter, there are no signs of the human labor that brought it. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "‘It’s An iPad, Not An usPad’: Douglas Rushkoff on Digital Isolation," 3 Sep. 2020 Among them: cast-iron railings, a dumbwaiter, pedestal lights, plumbing fixtures, marble stairways — and lots and lots of bookcases. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "The rise and fall of New Orleans’ long-lost main library at Lee Circle," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dumbwaiter

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dumbwaiter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumbwaiter. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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dumbwaiter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dumbwaiter

: a small elevator for carrying food or goods from one floor of a building to another

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