foot·​rest | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌrest How to pronounce footrest (audio) \

Definition of footrest

: a support for the feet

Examples of footrest in a Sentence

a recliner chair with a padded footrest attached

Recent Examples on the Web

Here, the ottoman provides storage while also serving as a footrest and place for drinks and magazines. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "To breathe new life into a tired family room, start with a stylish sectional," 8 Aug. 2019 The feet pushed down the armrests and turned them into footrests. Christopher Muther,, "No one — and I mean no one — wants to see your bare feet on a plane. Ever.," 6 Aug. 2019 There will be no guessing who dad wants to win when he is posted up in front of the TV in this plush recliner that features a team logo on the headrest, and name on the footrest. NBC News, "18 Father's Day gifts for every type of dad (and every budget)," 12 June 2019 The purified vapor condenses into water, which flows into a tank that also serves as a footrest. Manuel Canales, National Geographic, "These new toilets could solve a global problem," 22 June 2019 The seats also have a six-inch seat recline (compared to three in economy) and to top it off, are recliner-style, with a mini footrest. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United's New 'Premium Plus' Seats Are Like Mini-Recliners," 3 Dec. 2018 Their new economy class isn’t too shabby either: every seat comes with an adjustable footrest and headrests, as well as USB ports and outlets. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the World’s Most Luxurious Airline," 17 July 2018 Jessie pulled these footrests out from the front of the examination table and asked me to place my feet in them and scoot my body forward until my butt was at the edge of the table and my legs were wide open. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "I Went to the Gyno for the First Time and Here's What Happened," 13 Sep. 2018 Delta Premium Select The plane will have 48 premium seats, all on elevated services and with adjustable head and footrests. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Refurbished Delta planes feature fancy suites, premium seating," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of footrest

1833, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of footrest

: something that you put your feet on to raise them off the floor or ground when you are sitting

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