captain's chair


Definition of captain's chair

: an armchair with a saddle seat and a low curved back with vertical spindles

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Recent Examples on the Web When Toyota launched the fourth-generation 2021 Sienna this week, the automaker unveiled its newest weapon: second-row captain's chairs with 25 inches of sliding space and built-in leg rests. Annie White, Car and Driver, "How Does 2021 Toyota Sienna Stack Up to the Pacifica and Odyssey?," 24 May 2020 Comfort in the second-row captain's chairs is about even in these two models, and both offer chairs with a wide range of adjustability including seatback recline and slide. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander: A Battle for Three-Row Supremacy," 31 Mar. 2020 The only downside is that the captain's chairs in the second row won't fold flat, which limits the amount of available cargo space (48.6ft3/1,376L with the third row down). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 While other Sequoias are available in an eight-passenger configuration, all TRD Pros get a seven-seat setup with second-row captain's chairs. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Breaks Its Own Trail," 8 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, not much has changed with the CX-9's rather tight packaging for a three-row SUV, save for the addition of newly available second-row captain's chairs. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Mazda CX-9's Updates Don't Go Far Enough," 4 Feb. 2020 Second-row captain's chairs will not be offered, and the third row is tight. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Genesis GV80 Is Late to the Party But Is Dressed to Impress," 16 Jan. 2020 With the captain's chairs in the second row, getting through to the third row is not much of an ordeal. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 The second row, in particular, will seat adults under 6-foot four comfortably, with scads of leg room and a storage bin between the two captain's chairs. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of captain's chair

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Captain's chair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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