Meaning of “coffee table” in the English Dictionary

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"coffee table" in English

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coffee tablenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒf.i ˌteɪ.bəl/ us /ˈkɑː.fi ˌteɪ.bəl/

Examples from literature

  • People put lamps, coffee tables, or plants in them so they feel like they’re driving in their living room. 
  • He walked into the living room and sat across the coffee table from them. 
  • She picked up the tin robot he'd given her from the coffee table and turned it over in her hands, staring up its skirts at the tuna-fish illustration and the Japanese ideograms. 
  • There was a stack of guitar magazines on the battered coffee table, and a cozy sofa with an afghan folded neatly on one arm. 

(Definition of “coffee table” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"coffee table" in American English

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coffee tablenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɔ·fi ˌteɪ·bəlcoɡ, ˈkɑf·i/

a low table usually placed in front of a sofa (= long, soft seat) on which to set drinks, magazines, and other small objects

(Definition of “coffee table” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)