pa·​pa·​san | \ ˈpä-pə-ˌsän How to pronounce papasan (audio) \
variants: or less commonly papasan chair or Papasan chair

Definition of papasan

: 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 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, "Pier 1 Imports to liquidate as soon as it can get its stores open," 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, "You Need To See How People Are Upcycling Their Trampolines Into Bed Swings," 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,, "19 Weekend Super Sales: Here's Where to Save on Furniture, Decor, Rugs and More Right Now," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of papasan

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papasan

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

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23 May 2020

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“Papasan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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