AskDefine | Define credenza

Dictionary Definition

credenza n : a kind of sideboard or buffet [syn: credence]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. A sideboard or buffet.
  2. In office furniture, a horizontal filing cabinet, typically placed behind a desk.

Italian

Noun

  1. sideboard

Extensive Definition

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.

See also

credenza in Portuguese: Aparador
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