steam table


Definition of steam table

: a table having openings to hold containers of cooked food over steam or hot water circulating beneath them

Examples of steam table in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, the lamb shanks and chicken must be available for immediate consumption, ready to serve straight from a steam table. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Some people also love the rectangular metal containers meant to be used as steam table inserts. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Some might load a shopping cart with sandwiches to distribute elsewhere, but no one had ever carted away the steam table itself. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 Some volunteers had dragged a steam table in from the kitchen and most days it was loaded with hot food. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 Jessica used a stainless-steel steam table pan (the kind used on buffets) as a drop-in beverage tub. Jody Garlock, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2020 Skyline has kept managers on staff, along with essential employees like steam table workers and everyone at the commissary. Polly Campbell,, 27 Mar. 2020 Food servers with loose condoms on their heads stood behind a steam table draped with garlands of plastic fruit. Matthew Klam, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 At the SoMa takeout-only location, the steam table will be filled with tofu-mushroom sisig, lumpia, pancit and kaldereta (Filipino-style pot roast). Janelle Bitker,, 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of steam table

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steam table was in 1819

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28 Nov 2021

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“Steam table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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