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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

  • n. a kind of sideboard or buffet

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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

    Modern Furniture MODUL 011 Sideboard

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A credenza is a piece of furniture that became very fashionable during the second half of the 19th century.

    teddy-risation™

  • On top of the credenza was a cheap coffee-maker and hotplate, no doubt for late night or early morning crash sessions.

    Black Blade

  • Sitting on a credenza is a fingernail-size photo of George Costanza, Steinbrenner's fictional long-suffering employee on "Seinfeld."

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

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