Meaning of “footstool” in the English Dictionary

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"footstool" in British English

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footstoolnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʊt.stuːl/ us /ˈfʊt.stuːl/

Examples from literature

  • Beth sat down on the footstool at her father's feet. 
  • Footstools were sometimes made of elegant patterns, inlaid with ivory and precious woods. 
  • I wish you could get out, he said, as he sat down on a footstool at her feet and leaned his head affectionately against her knees. 
  • The recessed window-seat was covered with a soft velvet of a deep yellow, and there were as many little footstools beside the window-seat as there were chairs in the room. 
  • The serving-girls bring in a small red-lacquered table, not larger or higher than a footstool. 

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

"footstool" in American English

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footstoolnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfʊtˌstul/

a low piece of furniture on which you can rest your feet while sitting

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

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