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arm·​chair ˈärm-ˌcher How to pronounce armchair (audio)
: a chair with armrests


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

Examples of armchair in a Sentence

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There’s nothing like a great book about life above the clouds, especially at 40,000 feet, to appeal to both aviators and armchair pilots. Julie Destefano, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 With those guardrails in place, Evelyn’s social media presence feels less like fodder for armchair child psychologists and more like a creative outlet for a young woman with a flair for performance and a strong point of view. Dianna Mazzone Singh, Allure, 2 Apr. 2024 First lady Jill Biden is scheduled to kick off the evening of performances that culminate with the main event: an armchair conversation with Biden, Obama and Clinton moderated by late-night comedian Stephen Colbert. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2024 Jean-Michel Frank, upholstered back armchair, 1932 5. Nick Haramis, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Drape it over the side of an armchair or the back of your sofa to add more dimension to the area. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 But other times, a business will issue a response that redirects the scrutiny toward the original poster, which can turn a storytime video into an opportunity for armchair sleuthing. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 20 Mar. 2024 There was only one armchair, covered in blankets and quilts. Joseph O’Neill, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 There’s something especially cozy about an armchair tucked away in the corner of your living room. Megan Schaltegger, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024
Over the weekend, the scandal-prone Swiss lender became a trending topic among armchair investors on Twitter and Reddit forums, who speculated that the bank was in trouble. Margot Patrick, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2022 There is an army of armchair retail traders hell-bent on chasing the entire electric vehicle supply chain. Moneyshow, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The event became a watershed for armchair social media sleuthing. Ezra Marcus New York Times, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 While a travel advisory is still in effect due to COVID-19, perhaps now is the time for an armchair trip to Alaska based on a 1929 letter sent to The Carroll Record. Mary Ann Ashcraft,, 12 Mar. 2021 January 1 Kick off the New Year with an armchair trip to Austria, where the Vienna Philharmonic will present its annual New Year’s Day concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein for the first time without an audience. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Jan. 2021 The New York Times picked up the story and put it on the front page – an indication of how armchair analysis could be as telling as dispatches from the ground. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Marsha Music has started calling herself an armchair revolutionary. Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2020 With billions of people grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, armchair travel has never been more important, especially for parents hoping to capture their kids’ attention and imagination. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use


1585, in the meaning defined above


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of armchair was in 1585

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“Armchair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a chair with supports for a person's arms
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