credenza n : a kind of sideboard or buffet [syn: credence]
- A sideboard or buffet.
- In office furniture, a horizontal filing cabinet, typically placed behind a desk.
A Credenza is a type of sideboard used in domestic or restaurant situations. In dining rooms, it is typically made from wood and used as a platform to serve buffet meals. In restaurant kitchens, made from stainless steel, it provides a side surface and storage cupboards.
As a piece of furniture the credenza became very fashionable during the second half of the 19th century. Often made of a burnished and polished wood decorated with marquetry a central cupboard would be flanked by symmetrical quadrant glass display cabinets. The top would often be made of marble or other decorative stone or inlaid wood.
- Credenza desk, the version used in office situations.
credenza in Portuguese: Aparador