Meaning of “dumb waiter” in the English Dictionary

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dumb waiternoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdʌm ˈweɪ.tər/ us /ˌdʌm ˈweɪ.t̬ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Each had a dumb waiter and a little bell to call the servants when they were wanted. 
  • We might have gas-light, you know, and all our food could be brought down on a dumb waiter. 
  • What makes them call it a dumb waiter? asked Sue. 
  • You see he is visiting me, and he had never seen a dumb waiter before. 

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