ches·​ter·​field | \ˈches-tər-ˌfēld \

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 \

Definition of Chesterfield (Entry 2 of 3)

4th Earl of 1694–1773 Philip Dormer Stanhope \ˈsta-​nəp \ English statesman and author


geographical name
Ches·​ter·​field | \ˈche-stər-ˌfēld \

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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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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