credenza definition by Webster's New World
- a type of buffet or sideboard
- a low cabinet for use as in an office
Origin: Italian buffet holding foods to be tasted before serving, origin, originally , faith, confidence (in fare la credenza, to make confidence, to taste) ; from Midieval Latin credentia, credence
credenza definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A buffet, sideboard, or bookcase, especially one without legs.
- A piece of office furniture having a long flat top and usually file drawers.
Origin: Italian, from Medieval Latin crēdentia, trust (possibly from the practice of placing food and drink on a sideboard to be tasted by a servant before being served to ensure that it contained no poison); see credence.