foot·​stool | \ˈfu̇t-ˌstül \

Definition of footstool 

: a low stool used to support the feet

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Everybody stands on footstools around the maple-wood prep table to gain the leverage needed to make dough in big stainless-steel bowls. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 At cycling events participants often stand on a footstool or stepladder to load and unload their bikes. Ken Van Vechten,, "Taking your bike on a road trip? Here's what you need to know about racks," 24 June 2018 My x-benches can be moved around easily and can be used as extra seating, as a coffee table with a tray on top, or even as a footstool. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "Ask a Design Assistant: Tilton Fenwick's Danielle Armstrong," 4 Oct. 2013 On Saturday, those close to the ropes or on someone’s shoulders or standing on a footstool saw Woods hammer his fist after chipping in from a difficult lie for a birdie 3 at the ninth hole. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "In Tiger Woods’s Surging Play, a Steady Caddie," 10 Mar. 2018 Her mother, who was moving into a smaller home, wanted Ms. Trivette to take several pieces of heirloom furniture, including a 200-year-old footstool and a full bedroom set. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "Upsizing to a Two-Bedroom," 2 Oct. 2017 The 40-inch wide ottoman costs $799, and can function as a coffee table, footstool, or as an extra seat when the family gathers to watch all those animated Disney classics. Southern Living, "Disney Lovers, You’re Going to Want to Splurge on This Piece of Furniture," 11 Sep. 2017 Alongside sit a leopard-upholstered end table and a footstool covered in retina-searing yarn. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "An Exclusive Tour of Angela Missoni’s Sardinian Vacation House," 29 July 2017 At the Winter Market 2017 in February at Dania Beach's Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), footstools, ottomans and throw pillows had a metallic sheen. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Quick ways to freshen your decor," 14 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of footstool

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footstool was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of footstool

: a low, small piece of furniture that you can put your feet on when you are sitting


foot·​stool | \ˈfu̇t-ˌstül \

Kids Definition of footstool

: a low stool for the feet

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