settee


settee
/set tee"/, n.
a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered.
[1710-20; perh. var. of SETTLE2]

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also called  sofa  

      an upholstered seat with back and arms (sometimes upholstered), designed to accommodate two or more people in a sitting or reclining position. The earliest surviving types, dating back to the 17th century in Europe, have sides that let down for conversion into a bed. Variations of backrests and armrests appeared, and the precedent, still followed in the 21st century, was established of making the settee part of a matched set of chairs.

      Different types of settee were given names deriving from their function, their style, or someone associated with them. Typical examples are the chaise longue, a kind of elongated chair with an inclined back; the chesterfield, a large, very heavily stuffed and buttoned variety; the hall settee, largely an 18th-century form, usually having an upholstered seat and elaborately carved back, designed to be used with matching chairs in a hall or gallery; and the so-called daybed, a carved or upholstered piece originating in the 16th century, with a long seat and one inclined end.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • settee — UK [seˈtiː] / US [seˈtɪ] noun [countable] Word forms settee : singular settee plural settees British a long soft comfortable chair for two or three people …   English dictionary

  • settee — [[t]seti͟ː[/t]] settees N COUNT A settee is a long comfortable seat with a back and arms, which two or more people can sit on. Syn: couch, sofa …   English dictionary

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