arm·​chair | \ ˈärm-ˌcher How to pronounce armchair (audio) \

Definition of armchair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with armrests



Definition of armchair (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : remote from direct dealing with problems : theoretical rather than practical armchair strategists
2 : sharing vicariously in another's experiences an armchair traveler

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another lesson in balance: The old-timey lines and brown wood of an antique armchair in the living room beg for a contemporary fabric. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "11 Truly Surprising Ways to Use Color," 11 Mar. 2019 The custom armchair and ottoman are in a Ralph Lauren velvet, and the cabinetry is painted in Green Smoke by Farrow & Ball. ELLE Decor, "Sisters Ariel Ashe and Alexi Ashe Meyers Go in on a Country Home—With Seth Meyers And Wee Babes In Tow," 16 Apr. 2018 The living room’s vintage armchairs and ABC Carpet & Home ottoman are in Ralph Lauren Home fabrics. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 Bright sunlight streams in through the skylights overhead, falling on five armchairs, which are lined up against the wall. Linda Geddes, Smithsonian, "A Counterintuitive Idea for Treating Severe Depression: Stay Awake," 23 Jan. 2018 Even the dove gray fabric on the outdoor armchairs picks up on the furniture inside. Miranda Crowell, Sunset, "4 Ways to Get a Lush & Modern Outdoor Look," 22 Jan. 2018 Last night, the celebrated designer enjoyed his first solo exhibition in over a decade; a showcase of his wide-ranging works that included cloisonné enamel armchairs, unweaponized samurai swords with lacquered sheaths, and vibrant Murrina desks. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hot Seat: Designer Marc Newson Is Celebrated With a Gagosian Gallery Show," 19 Jan. 2019 The 19th-century armchairs, upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the circa-1800 tall-case Mora clock are Swedish. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 At Hay House, a two-story showroom and flagship shop for the acclaimed Danish design firm, resist the urge to buy everything, from brass scissors and lilac toothbrushes to canary yellow armchairs. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

To conduct a preliminary Google search is to be inundated with academic papers by electromagnetic scientists and vague theories from armchair experts. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Saban replaced Hurts, his two-year starter, with Tagovailoa, inviting armchair coaches over for some sweet tea Tuesday morning. New York Times, "Why Nick Saban Is the Ultimate Masochist," 9 Jan. 2018 Their Go Into The Story blog on Medium has published a six-part series that can help any budding screenwriter, critic, sociologist or armchair anthropologist learn how to read and analyze the Get Out script. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: The #MeToo Stars Shine at The Golden Globes," 8 Jan. 2018 From there, Curry displayed everything armchair doctors and overprotective Warriors fans hoped to see. Ben Golliver,, "Stephen Curry Returns in Spectacular Fashion, But He’s Just Getting Started," 2 May 2018 Following a massive cue from the armchair archaeologists, the Bern Archaeological Service went back to the site for its own excavation in the summer of 2018. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 Sep. 2018 Prior to the tournament, an armchair pundit or two may have labelled them the 'dark horse', or a team who could 'surprise a few'., "Pride and Passion: Croatia's Unrelenting Fighting Spirit Continues to Carry National Hope," 12 July 2018 With today’s armchair analysis of the LeBron James 2018 decision comes Maria Shriver and Rob Lowe, who thanks to analysis from Shriver’s sons, believe that James will be going to the Lakers next season. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "LeBron James watch: Maria Shriver, Rob Lowe say he's going to the Lakers," 29 June 2018 Wildlife officials, for some reason, are not relying on the armchair theories about the wolflike creature. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "A wolflike creature was stalking livestock in Montana. Authorities have no idea what it is.," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of armchair


1585, in the meaning defined above


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of armchair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chair with supports for your arms



English Language Learners Definition of armchair (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe people who like to read about or watch the dangerous or exciting activities of other people
used to describe people who like to give opinions about matters they do not have to deal with themselves and do not have responsibility for


arm·​chair | \ ˈärm-ˌcher How to pronounce armchair (audio) \

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