ches·​ter·​field | \ ˈche-stər-ˌfēld How to pronounce chesterfield (audio) \

Definition of chesterfield

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a single-breasted or double-breasted semifitted overcoat with velvet collar
2 : a davenport usually with upright armrests


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Ches·​ter·​field | \ ˈche-stər-ˌfēld How to pronounce Chesterfield (audio) \

Definition of Chesterfield (Entry 2 of 3)

4th Earl of 1694–1773 Philip Dormer Stanhope \ ˈsta-​nəp How to pronounce ˈsta-nəp (audio)\ English statesman and author


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Ches·​ter·​field | \ ˈche-stər-ˌfēld How to pronounce Chesterfield (audio) \

Definition of Chesterfield (Entry 3 of 3)

1 city in eastern Missouri west of Saint Louis population 47,484
2 town south of Sheffield in Derbyshire, north central England population 99,700

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Synonyms for chesterfield

Synonyms: Noun

couch, davenport, divan, lounge, settee, sofa, squab

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Examples of chesterfield in a Sentence


bought a huge new chesterfield for the living room

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The House’s entry level foyer best exemplifies this, with tufted leather club chairs, velvet chesterfield couches, antique chandeliers, and worn Persian rugs that punctuate the weathered wooden plank floors. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 In fact, in Canada (receiver of many British exports), the term chesterfield came to mean a sofa of any design. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Classic Chesterfield Sofa," 26 Nov. 2018 Gilbert Rohde armchairs; chesterfield sofa; Frits Henningsen desk and chair; floor lamp; table lamps; coffee table (all vintage)—Wyeth (R,T); House Beautiful, "November 2012 Issue Product Guide," 20 Aug. 2012 Check that: Couch Slouch can sit on the chesterfield and chew gum at the same time. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Norman Chad: Next great 2-way player could be Angels’ Ohtani," 19 Mar. 2018 Trade a stiff chesterfield for a louche, unlined topcoat such as this one from Milanese label MP Massimo Piombo. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Statement Clothes for Men Who Don’t Like Statement Clothes," 27 Sep. 2017 At Article, a stunning chesterfield sofa is upholstered in olive green velvet. Kim Cook, The Denver Post, "Designers are warming to olive — the color, the wood, even the tree," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chesterfield


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chesterfield


from a 19th century Earl of Chesterfield

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