fau·​teuil | \ fō-ˈtœy How to pronounce fauteuil (audio) ; ˈfō-ˌtil \
plural fauteuils\ fō-​ˈtœy How to pronounce fauteuils (audio) ; -​ˌtilz \

Definition of fauteuil

: armchair especially : an upholstered chair with open arms

Examples of fauteuil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Ann Pyne on Designing a Happy and Fun Southampton Home," 2 Oct. 2012

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First Known Use of fauteuil

1744, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fauteuil

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

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“Fauteuil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauteuil. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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