Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A buffet, sideboard, or bookcase, especially one without legs.
  • noun A piece of office furniture having a long flat top and usually file drawers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a credence{3}.
  • noun a buffet or sideboard similar to a credence{4}, especially one without legs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sideboard or buffet.
  • noun a horizontal filing cabinet, typically placed behind a desk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a kind of sideboard or buffet

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, from Medieval Latin crēdentia, trust (possibly from the practice of placing food and drink on a sideboard to be tasted by a servant before being served to ensure that it contained no poison); see credence.]

Examples

  • The ‘Vissy’ credenza is finished in high gloss two-pac polyurethane, and it has changeable sliding doors (timber or fabric covered), enabling adaptability to changing seasons and environments.

    Modern Furniture MODUL 011 Sideboard

  • From the recycled powder-coated C-119 Aileron (the hinged control surfaces of a wing) from a recycled airplane, this elegant credenza is just as striking as it is sustainable.

    Elegant and Sophisticated: “The Lounger” from Hayon Studio

  • The Vissy credenza is an absolutely gorgeous piece of furniture designed by Frag Woodall.

    Modern Furniture MODUL 011 Sideboard

  • a commode is like a credenza, except it's a little taller and it's on four legs, and it's not quite as long as long, a credenza is shorter.

    Sibby Online

  • Behind the desk on the credenza were a few cardboard boxes and two boxes of Macanudo cigars.

    In the Time of Bobby Cox

  • Behind the desk on the credenza were a few cardboard boxes and two boxes of Macanudo cigars.

    In the Time of Bobby Cox

  • And at the tippy top of the credenza are a couple of teddy bears, a couple of Barley jars, a few pieces of pottery.

    What's on Your Desk?

  • The photo on the credenza was the last he had of his parents together.

    Hell’s Gate

  • The photo on the credenza was the last he had of his parents together.

    Hell’s Gate

  • The photo on the credenza was the last he had of his parents together.

    Hell’s Gate

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