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 Within moments, dumbwaiter-style, the offering would be replaced by unseen hands. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Feb. 2022 The kitchen has a dumbwaiter to transport groceries from the garage. Sarah Paynter, WSJ, 24 Jan. 2022 Trucco said, pointing toward the dumbwaiter shuttling hot bucatini. The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2021 Instead of hydraulics in the floor that permit characters to descend into hell, the journey is made via a compartment upstage that opens and closes like a restaurant dumbwaiter. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 The kitchen features Carrera marble, two countertop islands, a dumbwaiter and countertop seating. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 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, 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, 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, 11 Dec. 2020 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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