One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A side table or other item of dining-room furniture (originally) used to hold food and drink ready to be served at table or (later usually) for storing and displaying tableware.
2Generally any cupboard positioned to one side of a room, fixture, etc., or set into a wall, the side of an object, etc.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Rhodes (fl. ?1545), writer on education.
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