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armchair

noun arm·chair \ ˈärm-ˌcher \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of armchair

: a chair with armrests

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First Known Use of armchair

1585

in the meaning defined above

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armchair

adjective

Definition of armchair

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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First Known Use of armchair

1809

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ARMCHAIR Defined for English Language Learners

armchair

Definition of armchair for English Language Learners

  • : a chair with supports for your arms


armchair

Definition of armchair for English Language Learners

  • —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


ARMCHAIR Defined for Kids

armchair

noun arm·chair \ ˈärm-ˌcher \

Definition of armchair for Students

: a chair with armrests


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