Definition of court cupboard in English:

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.

    • ‘This type of three part cupboard, or court cupboard, was more common in north Wales than in south.’
    • ‘The richly carved court cupboards and oak settles demonstrate the skill of the local craftsmen.’
    • ‘Of particular note are the wall paintings and the fine court cupboards.’
    • ‘One of two southern court cupboards known, this example is the more unusual for its open shelf above an enclosed cabinet.’
    • ‘The original court cupboards were made only in Massachusetts and Connecticut of oak with pine top and bosses and split turnings of native hardwoods.’