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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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 One of the great satisfactions of scary stories, for people who like that sort of thing, is being able to engage with terrors and monsters from the safety of an armchair. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Freakiness and Fortitude," 19 July 2018 Shank said in an interview Wednesday, rocking slightly in an armchair in her living room as the teenagers hammered nails into wood and painted varnish on the ramp outside. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Toting power saws and peanut butter sandwiches, teens rehab run-down homes," 29 June 2018 But to allow somebody to sit in an armchair by the seaside resort and attack the President personally is a different matter entirely. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 The furniture formed part of a system—featuring expandable shelves and armchairs that linked to become couches—with aesthetic ties to his design work at Braun. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Dieter Rams is the Godfather of Design," 12 Sep. 2018 The delivery included rugs, mattresses, and armchairs, suggesting that the couple are now preparing to move back into their house ahead of the arrival of their baby. Harper's BAZAAR, "See New Pictures of Pippa Middleton Getting Ready For Baby," 29 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The company has repeatedly cast Kogan as a singularly bad apple, while the armchair sleuths of the internet have used his Russian heritage and research ties to St. Petersburg University to accuse him of being a Russian spy. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago," 19 June 2018 The notions of tough love and enabling—ubiquitous in American culture—are tossed about casually by self-help gurus, armchair psychologists and well-meaning friends. Woman's Day, "Why I Abandoned Tough Love Instead of My Child," 1 July 2016 In the Twitter world, armchair coaches were wondering why Steve Kerr didn’t do a mercy benching, allowing Curry to slip out the arena’s back door under disguise before the final buzzer. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 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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