fau·​teuil fō-ˈtœy How to pronounce fauteuil (audio)
plural fauteuils fō-ˈtœy How to pronounce fauteuil (audio)
: armchair
especially : an upholstered chair with open arms

Examples of fauteuil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, a vintage Louis XVI giltwood upholstered fauteuil delicately sits in one home’s sitting rooms alongside a 1920s Georgian wingback lounge velvet chair. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 13 Dec. 2022 Unfortunately, the royal was only able to enjoy her new Etruscan fauteuil in her Versailles apartments for a couple of years before she was sent to the guillotine in 1793. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2022 The 250-year-old Macret commode is expected to realize between $832,000 and $1.25 million, while the Jacobs fauteuil has a pre-auction estimate of $104,000 to $208,000. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2022 The Macret commode has an estimate of €800,000-1,200,000, while the Jacobs fauteuil has a high estimate of €200,000. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2022 His Southern antiques include a mid-19th-century mirror that reflects light from its perch on a console table, expanding the space, and a French fauteuil chair Mr. Carroll picked up in New Orleans years ago. Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, WSJ, 20 May 2022 There are a pair of Louis XV fauteuils, a pair of Louis XV bergères, a pair of Jules Cavailles paintings that my mother and father bought on their first trip to Paris in the late '50s. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, 2 Oct. 2012 See More

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Word History


French, from Old French faudestuel, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German faltistuol folding chair — more at faldstool

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fauteuil was in 1744

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Cite this Entry

“Fauteuil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauteuil. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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