sideboard

A sideboard is a piece of furniture that can be used for storing tableware and table linens, or for serving platters of food. That flat-topped cabinet in your dining room with a drawer full of cloth napkins? That's a sideboard.

Another word for a sideboard is a buffet. Not every dining room has one, but if your house has space, a sideboard can be a handy place to display your prettiest serving dishes or set out food at Thanksgiving so your guests can serve themselves. Sideboard gets its name from its traditional place, at one side of a dining room. This piece of furniture became popular in wealthy 18th and 19th century households.

Definitions of sideboard
  1. noun
    a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers
    synonyms: buffet, counter
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    types:
    credence, credenza
    a kind of sideboard or buffet
    cellaret, minibar
    sideboard with compartments for holding bottles
    type of:
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  2. noun
    a board that forms part of the side of a bed or crib
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    type of:
    board
    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
  3. noun
    a removable board fitted on the side of a wagon to increase its capacity
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    type of:
    board
    a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
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