side·​board | \ ˈsīd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce sideboard (audio) \

Definition of sideboard

1 : a piece of dining-room furniture having compartments and shelves for holding articles of table service
2 sideboards plural, British : sideburns

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Examples of sideboard in a Sentence

all of the silverware was kept in the sideboard
Recent Examples on the Web In the bedroom, past an installation atop a sideboard in the entryway by the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, a Lee Friedlander photograph of a New Orleans street scene hangs next to a window air-conditioning unit. New York Times, 14 June 2021 The display of delicious desserts on a sideboard, warning customers to plan ahead. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Tuck them in large fat-weave baskets placed beneath a console or a closed storage piece such as an antique sideboard. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The homeowners found the Lucite tables in Paris; the sideboard is a family heirloom. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 8 Apr. 2021 Other portions of the organ, such as the sideboard, a few bellows and multiple pipes, are too delicate or difficult to remove and will be cleaned at the cathedral, per the Art Newspaper. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Dec. 2020 Another welcome challenge was incorporating preexisting items that were beloved by the clients: a massive patchwork kilim the family bought on a trip to Morocco and a rustic sideboard. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 18 June 2020 As part of a cute breakfast bar on your sideboard, fill the turntable with teas and jam for guests. Popular Science, 23 June 2020 With all the flavorful dishes that line the sideboard at Christmas and Thanksgiving, Alton likes to keep his mashed potatoes simple. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of sideboard

circa 1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sideboard was circa 1663

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“Sideboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sideboard

: a piece of furniture that has drawers and shelves for holding dishes, silverware, table linen, etc.


side·​board | \ ˈsīd-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce sideboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of sideboard

: a piece of furniture for holding dishes, silverware, and table linen

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