bench seat


Definition of bench seat 

: a seat in a vehicle that extends the full width of the passenger section — compare bucket seat

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The center console takes this idea even further; its surface is a mix of wood and a turquoise jacquard carpet that's also used to upholster the rear bench seat. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We got our first good look at BMW’s new electric iNext, on sale in 2021," 15 Sep. 2018 Down below, the Envy boasts a custom rear bench seat—made with breathable multi-density foam—that folds flat into a 42 inch by 72 inch lower bed, perfect for kiddos or one adult. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Pop-top camper van fits in your garage and sleeps a family," 12 July 2018 The atmosphere is generic international hotel, with the standard-issue minimalist touches: streaky marble bar, mirrored walls, low-slung bar tables with Barcelona-style bench seating in tastefully tan leather. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 There is a three-person bench seat in the third row, and dual bucket seats in the front. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 Kyle was getting tennis equipment out of the back of the 2004 Honda Odyssey when the third-row bench seat flipped over, pinning him under the seat. Cameron Knight,, "Kyle Plush case: Body cam footage shows cops didn't get out of their car and only searched one lot," 20 Apr. 2018 Handy cup holders and towel racks can be moved into different positions, and even the dining room table can be used in the middle of the van or over the bench seat to increase counter space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why the Volkswagen California van is the camper we need," 9 May 2018 At that point, Plush had been pinned by the rear bench seat in his Honda Odyssey for more than 20 minutes and was struggling to breathe. Cameron Knight,, "Cincinnati Police review: 911 operator said she couldn't hear dying teen's final call from Seven Hills," 13 Apr. 2018 In the middle row, the bench seat has a 60/40 split-folding feature that allows for further expansion of the cargo area. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Mitsubishi’s Outlander GT has room for the family, V-6, and all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of bench seat

1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bench seat

: a long seat in a vehicle (such as a car) that goes across the full width of the passenger section

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