dumbwaiter

noun
dumb·wait·er | \ˈdəm-ˌwā-tər, ˌdəm-ˈ\

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

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For more than four years the couple had worked to transform the unit through gut renovations into a vertical mansion, with amenities and finishes resembling that of a five-star hotel (hot tub and dumbwaiters included). Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 The large island kitchen includes a seven-burner induction cooktop, double convection ovens, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, a dumbwaiter and glass- front cabinets — designed by architect Jorge Munoz of Munoz and Albin. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Prime Property: Historic Broadacres home designed by architect Birdsall Briscoe," 13 May 2018 Each of the three floors has a private elevator landing with a connecting dumbwaiter, allowing the Matlin family and their guests to easily transport food, towels and other items between floors. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 At Lechner’s Gourmet Restaurant, where the kitchen was on the third floor and orders were sent down on dumbwaiters. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Strip-T’s in Watertown is closing, and with it goes a little piece of the restaurant scene’s soul," 14 May 2018 My favorite is the mansion’s kitchen, with its gleaming modern steel cabinets and appliances, delicate porcelain cups and the dumbwaiter used to transport it all to Mrs. Post’s dinner parties. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off," 13 Mar. 2018 Chili dogs and liverwurst sandwiches magically appear from a small door that conceals New York’s oldest dumbwaiter, a once-common element of restaurant design that needs to needs to come back on trend post-haste. Daniel Arnold, Bon Appetit, "This Bar Has the Oldest, Grandest Urinals In New York City," 10 Oct. 2017 The Watsons also made the oversized dumbwaiter to move heavy items upstairs and down. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "This modern Grand Isle fishing camp is built to withstand a category 5 storm," 16 Aug. 2017 The abundant perks — in G.E.’s case, two helicopter pads, a shoeshine station and an executive dining room linked to the kitchen below by dumbwaiters — fed the sense of exalted status. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "The Decline of the Baronial C.E.O.," 17 June 2017

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1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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