Dumbwaiter



[duhm-wey-ter] /ˈdʌmˌweɪ tər/

noun
1.
a small elevator, manually or electrically operated, consisting typically of a box with shelves, used in apartment houses, restaurants, and large private dwellings for moving dishes, food, garbage, etc., between floors.
2.
British.

/ˈdʌmˌweɪtə/
noun
1.
(Brit)

2.
a lift for carrying food, rubbish, etc, between floors
n.

1749, an article of furniture, from dumb (adj.) + waiter (apparently because it serves as a waiter but is silent). As a movable platform for passing dishes, etc., up and down from one room (especially a basement kitchen) to another, from 1847.

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