pa·​pa·​san ˈpä-pə-ˌsän How to pronounce papasan (audio)
variants or less commonly papasan chair or Papasan chair
: a bowl-shaped chair made of wicker, rattan, or wood that rests on a cylindrical base
You'll find chairs surrounding a fireplace, a table and chairs painted funky and more comfortable papasans in the bay window.Jennifer Thompson
Pier 1, known for its papasan chairs and home accents, is facing more competition to cut prices even as its online business grows.Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Examples of papasan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After finishing their school project, teenage Chrissy (Mulligan) flirts with her nerdy work partner, Josh (Kate McKinnon), on her papasan. Matthew Love, Vulture, 11 Apr. 2021 Pier 1 graduated from its original beanbag and papasan chairs, love beads and incense — its peace and love days — to offering unique home furnishings and decorative accessories under its own private label. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 19 May 2020 Add a papasan cushion to the smaller trampolines or cover a bigger one with memory foam or cushions and a sheet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, 18 Sep. 2018 Pier 1: Save up to 20% off upholstered living room seating (excludes Magnolia Home); plus, save on select home décor, papasans & swingasans, outdoor furniture, pillows, beds & headboards, bedding and mirrored furniture. Megan Stein,, 25 Aug. 2017

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Word History


probably borrowed from Philippine English papasan "father, man in a position of authority" (often in address), borrowed from Japanese, from papa "father" (borrowed from English papa) + -san, honorific suffix

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papasan was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Papasan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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