Definition of credenza in US English:



  • A sideboard or cupboard.

    • ‘Stock includes dining tables, chairs, sideboards, credenzas, chests of drawers, lighting and accessories.’
    • ‘Clearly it's been sitting on my credenza under stacks of files and assorted ‘to read’ materials since long before the New Year.’
    • ‘He strolled on into the house and put away his hat and gunbelt, noting that although their guns were there on the credenza, neither Adam's nor Joe's hats were hanging on the pegs there by the door.’
    • ‘Adam stretched out and grabbed the first thing off the credenza his hand hit and breathed a sigh of relief.’
    • ‘He had pushed himself upright and waddled all the way across the floor to the credenza then seemed to run out of ideas where to go.’
    • ‘Wait - what's that tentacled thing materializing by the credenza?’
    • ‘He called 911 right after he'd stepped through his front door and tripped over the upended credenza.’
    • ‘Descending to the first floor of his house, he found two men cowering on a credenza, high above the bone-crushing jaws of his prize pets.’
    • ‘The proverbial ‘elephant in the living room’ has become ‘the python behind the credenza.’’
    • ‘On one side of the office there's a large office dresser called a credenza; on the other side there are desks and so on.’
    • ‘Daren padded over to the small credenza and rummaged through it, coming up with two candy bars.’
    • ‘She climbed up on that little credenza thing you have there behind you.’
    • ‘On the credenza near the dining room table were bottles of whiskey, gin, scotch and vodka.’
    • ‘If you are a carpenter, you need to know the difference between a bookcase and a credenza.’
    • ‘Her credenzas are crammed with photos of herself rubbing shoulders with various dignitaries, including three shots of her clasping hands with Bill Clinton.’
    • ‘A large credenza that nobody wants assumes a key role, and there is much more, adding up to less.’
    • ‘A Victorian inlaid credenza sits at the top of the room.’
    • ‘I just bought a credenza for my dining room, I was going to buy a table but I didn't like any.’
    • ‘I sat before him in a straight-back chair and picked up a chess piece from the gleaming cherry-wood set on the credenza to my left.’


Late 19th century: Italian, from medieval Latin credentia (see credence).