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

Examples of armchair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Hedonist’s Guide can raptly take you on a joyful armchair traveler’s journey. Laura Manske, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Softer, cozier and simply more interesting than leather, both to look at and touch, these fabrics turn the seats into your favorite armchair, while their production is kinder to the environment than leather, producing 75 percent less CO2. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 But, the most recognizable piece of decor in Blue’s Clues is, of course, the Thinking Chair—a red velvet armchair that’s trimmed in black and swathed in a swirly pattern all over. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 10 Feb. 2021 Examples of the latter include a puffy Italian leather armchair in the entry hall and the puddle-shaped oak cocktail table in the sitting room. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 Back at the house, Perdomo’s younger sister, Yanira, was curled up in a threadbare armchair, scrolling through social media and keeping an eye on her 4-year-old niece. Washington Post, 21 May 2022 At the Princeton colloquium, in Stevenson Hall, Abbey sat in a large upholstered armchair, his long legs stretched out, his look dark and handsome, his cowboy boots showing wear. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 The day before, Price sat in a white leather armchair, wearing a Pucci top and low-heeled sparkly silver shoes, for the narration of the film. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 In the shot, Lewellen sits in an armchair, her fluffy white fur tied up into a Whoville-style ponytail on top of her head. Hattie Lindert,, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Two weeks ago, national and world health authorities—and armchair experts and worried well-meaning people—were warning anyone concerned about Covid-19 to avoid ibuprofen. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 26 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Armchair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests


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