Definition of court cupboard in English:

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court cupboard


A 16th- or 17th-century sideboard for displaying plate and other decorative objects, especially one consisting of three open shelves and sometimes a small cupboard in the upper half.
Example sentences
  • One of two southern court cupboards known, this example is the more unusual for its open shelf above an enclosed cabinet.
  • The richly carved court cupboards and oak settles demonstrate the skill of the local craftsmen.
  • This type of three part cupboard, or court cupboard, was more common in north Wales than in south.
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