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

Definition of davenport

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

Examples of davenport in a Sentence

we seated ourselves on the davenport while we waited for him to get ready
Recent Examples on the Web A decade later, the rollicking races were inspired by a different davenport, an eponym for a large, upholstered sofa like those manufactured by the A.H. Davenport Co. furniture company in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. oregonlive, 30 July 2022 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 13 Aug. 2022.

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Davenport biographical name

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

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


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

Definition of Davenport (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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