dav·​en·​port | \ ˈda-vᵊn-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce davenport (audio) , ˈda-vᵊm- \

Definition of davenport

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small compact writing desk
2 : a large upholstered sofa often convertible into a bed


biographical name
Dav·​en·​port | \ ˈda-vən-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce Davenport (audio) , ˈda-vᵊm- \

Definition of Davenport (Entry 2 of 3)

John 1597–1670 American (English-born) clergyman and founder of New Haven colony


geographical name
Dav·​en·​port | \ ˈda-vən-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce Davenport (audio) \

Definition of Davenport (Entry 3 of 3)

city on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa population 99,685

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Synonyms for davenport

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of davenport in a Sentence

Noun we seated ourselves on the davenport while we waited for him to get ready
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Especially if your grandparents liked wall-to-wall gray wool carpeting, dark colonial-style furniture and the odd splash of color from a banana-leaf patterned davenport – or a loud Hawaiian bowling shirt. Mark Gauert, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of davenport


1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for davenport


probably from the name Davenport

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“Davenport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/davenport. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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