ta·​ble·​top ˈtā-bəl-ˌtäp How to pronounce tabletop (audio)
: the top of a table
: a photograph of small objects or a miniature scene arranged on a table
tabletop adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its traditional color choice contrasts nicely with the tabletop’s various depths of walnut wood grain stain. Shannon Quimby, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2022 Then, elevate the tabletop with vintage art, a table lamp and a few of your favorite flea market finds. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 10 Nov. 2022 Like the marble tabletop, they are all rounded and have a cold hardness that even suggests that they are made of stone. John Wilmerding, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Along with displaying a picture frame or a plant, the tabletop is perfect for keeping a beverage and your current read on hand. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2022 The 18 x 18–inch tabletop is large enough to hold other items, like drinks or books for late-night studying, and a lower shelf is perfect for storage. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2022 Cross-legged at the tabletop, guessing the names of books. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Hasbro has teamed up with Renegade Game Studios to bring some of its most beloved properties to the tabletop. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The latest tabletop occurred on Tuesday, according to Officer Hadfield. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tabletop was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Tabletop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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ta·​ble·​top ˈtā-bəl-ˌtäp How to pronounce tabletop (audio)
: the top of a table
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